PSO Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin talks about a colorful program of Steven Stucky's Son et Lumiere, Saint-Saens' "Egyptian" concerto featuring pianist Stephen Hough, and Slatkin's own suite of favorites from Prokofiev's Cinderella. Slatkin also talks about his forthcoming book, his travels in Japan, and the work of his father, mother, and brother in the arts.
Violinist Sarah Chang returns to Heinz Hall with a 2011 arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" by Hollywood's David Newman. Sarah talks with WQED's Jim Cunningham about Bernstein, her favorite films, tweeting, Phantom of the Opera, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and much more.
Tortelier, the PSO's former Principal Guest Conductor, returns with Bernstein's West Side Story Suite played by violinist Sarah Chang as arranged by Thomas Newman, Morton Gould's Spirituals for Orchestra, and Jean Sibelius' Symphony #1.
Andrè Previn's world premiere Triple Concerto features Pittsburgh Symphony principal brass players George Vosburgh, trumpet; Bill Caballero, horn; and Craig Knox, tuba. They talk about features of the concerto, influences in Previn's music, and the process of working together in one of the world's great brass sections.
Former Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Andre Previn premieres his Concerto for Trumpet, Horn, and Tuba, commissioned by the PSO. He talks about the composition, his impressions of the orchestra, and memories of composers he's worked with in Hollywood (he recalls playing ping pong with Schoenberg) and on the PBS Previn and the Pittsburgh series.
Pittsburgh favorite Emanuel Ax returns to play Mozart's Piano Concerto #22, which inspired Ax's email address. Ax gives an insider's view of the concerto, talks about his long relationship with the PSO, his recent activities, his interest in tennis and football, and about the trend of older people taking up the piano.
Guest pianist Lars Vogt talks about Mozart's least-played piano concerto, No. 16, which he performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck. Vogt, who resides in Berlin, talks about his work with Honeck and another of his favorite conductors, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle.
Baritone Thomas Hampson joins the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck in Brahms' beloved A German Requiem paired with Dvorak's seldom-heard Biblical songs. Hampson describes the similarity of approach by both composers and the interesting companions these two works make.
Slovak conductor Juraj Valcuha talks about the colorful pieces on his concerts at Heinz Hall, Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, and Steven Stucky's Spirit Voices featuring percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
Stage and opera director Sam Helfrich will help the PSO stage, yes, with costumes, sets. orchestra in the pit and all that, Handel's Messiah as you've never experienced it before. Helfrich staged Pittsburgh Opera's 2009 Eugene Onegin and has worked with Opera Boston, Glimmerglass and other opera companies.