Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
From Lucerne, reflection on the tour with soprano Christine Schaefer, Friend of the PSO Linda Shooer, PSO physician Dr. Ted Osial, Principal Violist Randoph Kelly, and Music Director Manfred Honeck.
Minutes before the closing concert, Jim Cunningham checks in from Lucerne with comments from Viktoria Mullova, a baseball analogy from PSO President & CEO Larry Tamburri, and reactions from PSO Principal Bassoon Nancy Goeres and Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek.
The first concert review of the tour is in. Manfred Honeck's manager Lothar Schacke translates. Violinist Viktoria Mullova talks about her period instrument approach to Beethoven's concerto and her fashion sense. Principal Bass trombonist Murray Crewe talks about cruising Lake Lucerne, and Swiss cows.
Lucerne Festival Director Michael Haefliger has invited the orchestra back for 2011 on first hearing. Jim talks with Haefliger after the concert, and with the grandson of composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. Co-principal bassoon David Sogg talks about sightseeing and Principal Horn William Caballero about his section's "rounder" sound.
The Pittsburgh Symphony plays Beethoven's Violin Concerto in the composer's native city with Viktoria Mullova. Manfred Honeck speaks at the house where Beethoven was born, Mullova plays a Bach encore, and Jim interviews two members of the PSO patrons' tour including the son of Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
The orchestra arrives to close the Lucerne Festival after performing in historic Bonn. In Beethoven's birth house, Manfred Honeck speaks about violinist Viktoria Mullova, then Jim Cuninningham visits the sanitarium where Schumann died, and clarinetist Richard Page recalls the pleasures of Lucerne.
Soprano Christine Schäfer and the PSO lead by Manfred Honeck gave an exquisite performance of Strauss's Four Last Songs at the Philharmonie in Essen. The audience at the recently-built concert hall had an odd moment at the end of Bruckner's fourth symphony. Jim Cunningham reports.
An MP4 video clip of Manfred Honeck leading the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Hungarian Dance #5 by Brahms at the Philharmonie in Essen, Germany on September 15, 2009.
QED's Jim Cunningham and PSO Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh recount Wednesday's concert at the Beethoven Festival in the composer's native city, with audio excerpts from the live broadcast on WDR 3 Radio.
On Monday, Contrabassoonist James Rodgers talks about his day at the zoo, and PSO staffer Sonja Winkler talks about her relatives in the orchestra, and the new musicians making their first PSO tour.