Manfred Honeck shares his thoughts about the Tree of Life Concert for Peace and Unity on the afternoon after the event and looks ahead to Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War, Mozart’s Paris Symphony, and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand. Plus a Honeck family Christmas in Nenzing Vorarlberg Austria in this conversation with Jim Cunningham recorded in the Maestro’s Suite on the Fifth Floor at Heinz Hall.
Pianist Bertrand Chamayou makes his Heinz Hall debut with Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand. He tells Jim Cunningham what it’s like to play with one hand and the story of the Concerto written for Paul Wittgenstein. He shares his love of Ravel and thoughts about his recordings of the complete Ravel piano music on Erato. Yes he enjoys eating snails and has dined at the restaurant on the Eiffel Tower. You will also learn the best bakery in Paris for croissants and macarons.
Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Jennifer Orchard and violist Tatjana Mead Chamis of the Clarion Quartet discuss the debut cd made by the group with Korngold, Zehavi/Pigovat,Schulhoff and Ullmann.
Itzhak Perlman talks about the Pittsburgh Symphony Tree of Life concert for Unity and Peace at Heinz Hall on November 27, 2018, one month after the deaths at the Synagogue in Pittsburgh. He talks with Jim Cunningham about the music he recorded for the film Schindler’s list, working with John Williams, the Pittsburgh Symphony, his PBS American Masters special, and finding peace in out time.
Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck visits the QED Morning Show to tell Jim Cunningham about his concerts November 23 and 25 with Johann Strauss favorites and Cynthia Koledo de Almeida playing the Mozart Oboe Concerto along with George Li playing the Rachmaninoff Paganini Variations. Maestro Honeck discusses how the concerts he conducted with the New York Philharmonic went last week and the plan for the Concert of Peace and Unity on Tuesday November 27 honoring the Tree of Life Synagogue victims.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra guest conductor John Storgards is interviews by WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham at the Friends of the Symphony event at Heinz Hall on November 1st, 2018. Maestro Sorgaards talks about this weekend's program; his extensive catalog of recordings; and whether he enjoys a nice sauna.
Cellist Maximilian Hornung returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony to play Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 on October 26th and 28th, 2018. He shares his thoughts about the music and remembers his home town of Augsburg, Germany. He lives in Munich now so there is a discussion of Oktoberfest and beer.
Pablo Heras-Casado makes his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with an all Russian program bringing together the Rimsky-Korsakoff Capriccio Espagnol, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Maximilian Hornung, and the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams." He speaks about some of recent recordings and suggests what you should do when you visit his home town of Granada while praising Pittsburgh with it’s magnificent orchestra, Fallingwater, and the Andy Warhol Museum.
Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Piccolo Rhian Kenny violinist Lorien Benet Hart and cellist Michael DeBruyn starting the Day of Music at WQED-FM at 8:30 playing the Haydn Trio No 1 in C from the London Trios. The Musicians Third Annual Day of Music began before dawn at 89.3FM
Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano returns to Pittsburgh October 5 and 7 2018 to sing the Jeremiah Symphony No 1 by Leonard Bernstein which she recently recorded with the Baltimore Symphony. She describes the beauty of the music and the dramatic premiere in Pittsburgh in 1944 with Bernstein conducting his own music a the Syria Mosque. She also fills us in on the role she will sing this season at the Metropolitan Opera, Meg Page in Falstaff in March 2019. She returns at the end of the season to sing Beethoven’s Ninth with the Pittsburgh Symphony.