Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
Back home in Pittsburgh, Jim Cunningham looks back on the PSO 2010 European Tour, with comments recorded in Ljubljana with PSO musicians and board members, and Music Director Manfred Honeck. He also gives a taste of Ljubljana, Slovenia, including a meeting with the grandson of mid-century PSO Music Director Fritz Reiner.
In Budapest, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham continues a conversation with violin superstar Anne-Sophie Mutter, visits the Bartok House Museum, meets harpsichordist and former Pittsburgher Geoffrey Thomas, and collects comments from Pittsburgh Symphony CEO Larry Tamburri and board member Basil Cox with his wife Jayne Adair.
After the PSO's second concert at Vienna's Musikverein, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham gathers comments from Manfred Honeck's brother, Vienna Philharmonic Concertmaster Rainer Honeck, violinist Nikolaj Znaider, PSO Principal Bass Jeffrey Turner, and former Metropolitan Opera star Mildred Miller Posvar.
Anne-Sophie Mutter praises the PSO after her seventh and final performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto on their 2010 European Tour. Also, a few vignettes from Vienna: the city's incinerator decorated by artist Hundertwasser; Joan Koerner, widow of Vienna-born Pittsburgh painter Henry Koerner; and a waiter at the Hotel Imperial on the merits of the Imperial Cake versus the more famous Sacher Torte.
QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham talks with Peter Kisslinger, one of at least 14 music critics in attendance at the first of two PSO concerts at the Musikverein; Wolfgang Racher, producer for the ORF Austrian radio broadcast of the concert; US Ambassador to Austria William Eacho, Pittsburghers Dr. Martin Earle and wife Lisa, and Manfred Honeck's brother-in-law, Florian Partl.
QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham reports on the PSO's second concert at the Musikverein, with comments from Principal Piccolo Rhian Kenny, and Emanuel Ax after his Wednesday concert with the PSO.
From the after-party for the Pittsburgh Symphony's first of two concerts at the Musikverein, Young harpist Heidi Gorton tells QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham how it's possible that she's been touring with the orchestra all her life, and gives her impressions of the audience. Jim notes 14 critics present at the concert, which will be broadcast in Austria in June. In the background, a celebration with many members of Music Direcotd Manfred Honeck's family.
Before the first of two concerts at Vienna's legendary Musikverein, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham asks PSO Concertmaster about his memories of this famous hall, and his future after vacating the concertmaster's chair this summer. Vienna Philharmonic bass trombonist Hans Stoerker talks about the VPO's guest conductors and concerts, including its first ever "Star Wars" concert, and its annual New Year's Day concerts.
QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham goes on a Vienna tour bus to a wine restaurant filled with a accordion music and gemütlichkeit. Percussionist Michael Pape visits the #1 place for Wiener Schnitzel. Violinist Laura Motchalov tries out an iPad, and talks about the tour audiences.
Bassoonist James Rodgers visits the zoo and the refurbished St. Stephen's Cathedral (Staphansdom), QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham meets a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, and PSO Concertmaster Andres Cardenes taks about making his final tour with the orchestra.