Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
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.
From Stuttgart, Germany, Jim Cunningham reports on the tour's first concert at the Stadtcasino in Basel, Switzerland with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto. He meets expatriate Pittsburghers Jim and Luanne Shock after the concert, and gets a comment from PSO violinist Christopher Wu.
The PSO played at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Germany's motor city, home to Mercedes Benz and Porsche. Violist Paul Silver gives his impressions of the hall and audience after another performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter, and a delayed response at the end of Mahler's Symphony #1.
Jim Cunnningham files his first report from the Pittsburgh Symphony's 2010 European Tour.
Horn players Zachary Smith and Robert Rydell recount their arrival day activities and look ahead to the horns' high points on this European tour which begins with a concert in Basel on Saturday, May 15.
Classical QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham and PSO brass players visit the Trumpet Museum in Bad Säckingen, Germany. Founder and trumpeter Edward Tarr was a pioneer in the revival of Renaissance brass music. Housed in a castle, the museum features historic instruments, and Tarr himself provides some trumpet history and lore.
Backstage after the PSO's Brahms/Mahler concert, Jim gets comments from CBS News' Bob Simon, legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, concert pianist Byron Janis, and others.
More reactions to the PSO at Carnegie Hall: Mary Persin of the Biava Quartet and her husband, former PSO Resident Conductor Daniel Meyer; PSO VP of Artistic Planning Bob Moir, Connie and Benno Bernt, Music Director Manfred Honeck and his wife Christiane.
Stranded with the PSO in NYC by the snow, Jim brings us an interview with noted culture critic John Simon, a word from composer Alan Fletcher, and a bit of Mahler from the orchestra's Tuesday night concert at Carnegie Hall.
Jim Cunningham heads for two NYC cultural landmarks before the PSO's Tuesday rehearsal and concert at Carnegie Hall. He meets Richard Armstrong, now director of the Guggenheim, and takes in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Met.