Relatively-unknown Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut on late notice in a program of Debussy, Prokofiev and Stravinsky that was intended for maestro Charles Dutoit. Jim Cunningham meets Hannu Lintu backstage at Heinz Hall.
Noted Brahms interpreter Jorge Federico Osorio, born in Mexico and based in Chicago, talks about his career and long fascination with Brahms before his unexpected Pittsburgh Symphony debut in Brahms' Concerto #1.
The PSO's Music Director talks about the musical relationships between Dvorak, Brahms, and Schumann as he prepares Brahms' Piano Concerto #1 and Dvorak's Eighth Symphony.
PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck gives his view of Carl Orff's spectacular masterpiece, Carmina Burana. He also talks with Jim Cunningham about Haydn's Oboe Concerto.
Spanish guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos shares insights on Ravel's Bolero and Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, which he conducts along with Beethoven's 8th Symphony in his Pittsburgh Symphony concerts.
The PSO's former Principal Guest Conductor returns to lead his own orchestration of Ravel's Piano Trio, along with Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Sibelius' The Swan of Tuonela, and Grieg's Piano Concerto with soloist Orion Weiss.
She played for President Obama's inauguration, then made her inaugural PSO appearance in Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Pianist Gabriela Montero may be elected a winner at the Grammy Awards for her CD of Baroque improvisations.
Pittsburgh Symphony 2008-2009 Composer of the Year (and guest conductor) John Adams talks about his "Doctor Atomic" symphony, highlights from "Nixon in China," and "On the Transmigration of Souls," as well as his recently-published autobiography, titled "Hallelujah Junction."
Pianist Jonathan Biss talks about performing Mozart's Piano Concerto #22, which he recently recorded with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
PSO Endowed Guest Conductor Marek Janowski leads two consecutive weekends at Heinz Hall. Topics include violinist Arabella Steinbacher (making her Pittsburgh debut), Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony, and the state of state-run radio and orchestras in Germany.