Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos recalls his first Beethoven Fifth as leader of a Spanish military band, and talks about Wagner excerpts, Ravel and Debussy suites with chorus, the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and the rebirth of Bilbao, Spain.
PSO Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch talks with QED's Jim Cunningham about "Broadway Hear and Now," the PNC Pittsburgh Symphony Pops' 2007-2008 season opener. Hamlisch also talks about upcoming Broadway shows, revivals, gossip, and his recent weight loss.
Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Designate Manfred Honeck talks with Jim Cunningham before making a cameo appearance with the orchestra at a special season preview concert on September 7th.
Philadelphia native James DePreist remembers his aunt, Marian Anderson, the legendary contralto and civil rights icon. DePreist is Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Julliard School. Interviewer: Jim Cunningham.
He played "It" at his previous Heinz Hall appearance. Garrick Ohlsson tells Jim Cunningham what "It" is, and talks about Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3, the 1996 movie "Shine," and the composer's own recordings.
The renowned cellist explains why he jokes around with Haydn's Concerto in C. Harrell also talks about legendary musicians such as Mstislav Rostropovich and George Szell.
Pittsburgh Symphony Pops guest conductor Erich Kunzel talks with Anna Singer about the music of John Williams. Kunzel conducted a 75th birthday tribute to the legendary Hollywood composer.
Pianist Emanuel Ax and guest conductor Jahja Ling joined forces with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Brahms Piano Concerto #1 at Heinz Hall, February 9th -11th, 2007 at Heinz Hall. Stephen Baum began a backstage discussion between soloist and conductor.
When guest conductor Arild Remmereit made his Pittsburgh Symphony debut in 2005 on one week's notice, the New York Times called Remmereit “the hottest conductor you've never heard of.” He'd just covered for Christoph von Dohnanyi at La Scala and for Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. In February, 2007, the Norwegian Remmereit conducted Hummel's Trumpet concerto, Peer Gynt by Grieg, and Carl Nielsen's first Symphony.
Manfred Honeck has been appointed as the Pittsburgh Symphony's next Music Director, beginning with the 2008-2009 season. Orchestra personnel react to the appointment at a press conference.