Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
Jim Cunningham reports on ceremonies at the town hall in Berlin to commemorate the 10th anniverary of the 9/11 attacks with music from Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, and the final concert of the PSO's 2011 European Festivals tour at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Jim talks with composer Wolfgang Rihm, Berlin Philharmonic hornist Sarah Willis, and PSO Vice President of Artistic Planning, Robert Moir.
Jim Cunningham's second report from the Beethovenfest in Bonn includes an interview with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; Stephan Braunfels, the son of composer Walter Braunfels, PSO violist Joen Vasquez, and retiring PSO violist Isaias Zelkowicz.
On the train from Paris, Jim phones in a report about the PSO musicians' activities on their day off after a concert the Salle Pleyel. Principal Oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida talks with QED's Anna Singer about buying a new instrument, and ... (cell phone loses signal). We hear a replay from yesterday Jim's day roaming about Paris.
The Pittsburgh Symphony played the opening concert of the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. There were speeches, dignitaries, TV cameras, and QED's Jim Cunningham. Former PSO Board President Tom Todd compares the performances he's witnessed on this tour, and describes some of tonight's events.
The PSO returned to the Salle Pleyel in Paris with pianist Helene Grimaud. Jim Cunningham talks with Laurent Bayle, who manages the Salle Pleyel, PSO supporters Helge, Erika, and Julia Wehmeier, board member Frances DeBroff, European BNY Mellon European Chairman Michael Cole-Fontayn, and recent Pittsburgh Opera guest conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud.
Jim talks with Pittsburgh Symphony tour guest pianst Helene Grimaud, whose extramusical interests include wolf conservation and writing books. Jim also gives a glimpse of his exploration of the Left Bank in Paris. Check the PSO Tour Blog for details.
Cheering and stomping from the Albert Hall audience brought the PSO's second BBC Proms concert to a close, after Mahler's 5th Symphony and two encores. Jim Cunningham talks with PSO violinist Jeremy Black, BBC Proms director Roger Wright, PSO supporters Tom and Donna Hotopp, PSO Board Chair Richard P. Simmons, English music critic Peter Brown, and former PSO principal guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Jim Cunningham interviewed Suzy Klein, the presenter for the first of two live concerts from the Royal Albert Hall featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony, and wound up co-hosting the broadcast with her. Until Sep 12, you can hear the complete concert at bbc.co.uk/radio3/proms
After the PSO's first of two Proms concerts, Jim Cunningham meets a dedicated "Prommer," Christiane Honeck, and some high-powered Pittsburghers travelling with the orchestra - for pleasure, or to attract businesses to expand in Pittsburgh. And Jim explores the Sir John Soane Museum.
At the Lucerne Festival, Jim Cunningham went to hear the Concertgebouw Orchestra's concert. That orchestra's manager Joel Klein is a former Pittsburgher who was chorus master and music adminstrator for the Pittsburgh Opera. Jim asked about former PSO music director Mariss Jansons, now Chief Conductor of the Concertgebouw.