Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
The Pittsburgh Symphony played at Smetana Hall in Prague, in the Czech Republic. Beforehand, Principal Oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and Principal Bass Trombone Murray Crewe marveled at the old town square, which seems to combine the delights of many European capitals. Jim encounters Dan Dennehy from the Katz Graduate School at Pitt; Jack Allen, President & CEO of all-classical KPBS in Portland, Oregon; and PSO Friends Gail and Greg Harbaugh.
The Pittsburgh Symphony played for a live audience and delayed radio broadcasts at Dresden's Semperoper. QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham brings us the sounds of street music, cellist Jan Vogler in rehearsal with the PSO, and orchestra violinist Louis Lev meeting an idol, chess grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann. Hornist Joseph Rounds gets a sense of the Semperoper Orchestra just by looking at their backstage stuff, and Jim meets Deutschland Radio's Isobel Roth.
At the halfway point of the PSO's campaign through Europe, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham hears from percussionist John Soroka about his visit to one of WWII's most important battlefields. Matthias Naske, Director General of the Philharmonie Luxembourg, assesses the PSO's two concerts in Luxembourg.
At the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Jim Cunningham meets Eric Osch, Treasury Controller for Ikano Group, and his wife Renee. Co-Principal Bassoonist David Sogg describes his ride through the countryside on his folding bike. Tom Castelyn, Managing Director of BNY Mellon Benelux and France, talks about Luxembourg's concentration of financial services and the outlook for the troubled Euro.
PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck sits down with QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham to talkabout the rehearsal schedule on tour, and his anticipation for his return to Vienna's Musikverein, where he was a violist in the Vienna Philharmonic. Jim chats with Ted Sohier about the second of two concerts at the Philharmonie Luxembourg.
Now in the wealthy duchy of Luxembourg, Jim Cunningham chats with QED 89.3's Anna Singer about the latest stop on the Pittsburgh Symphony tour. Trumpeter Neal Berntsen recaps some day off activities yesterday in Frankfurt.
After the first of two concerts at the Duchy's striking new Philharmonie, Jim chats with Ted Sohier, and we hear PSO cellist Hampton Mallory and Lauren Scott Mallory in a husband-and-wife debate over the sound quality of the hall.
Jim Cunningham brings us accordion music from the U-Bahn, PSO Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh's memories of re-opening Frankfurt's Altes Oper in 1981 with the Chicago Symphony. BNY Mellon's Thomas Brand talks about the bank's growing presence in Germany. Pittsburgh Symphony CEO Larry Tamburri notes BNY Mellon's long sponsorship of the orchestra, and gives an update on tour ticket sales.
Jim visits the house of Johann Goethe, asks pianist Rodrigo Ojeda about playing a Pleyel piano in Paris and the celeste during quiet moments of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony. Jim also gets impressions of the tour from PSO cellist Mikhail Istomin.
Jim interviews PSO violist Stephanie Tretick and trumpeter Chad Winkler after the concert at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, where pianist Emanuel Ax gave his first performance of this tour, playing Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, which Manfred Honeck paired with the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony, plus encores.