Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour
Jim Cunningham talks to Tatjana Mead Chamis and Jennifer Orchard, who performed a short concert of music by composers who were at the Terezin concentration camp.
Jim Cunningham reports from the bus as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra makes it's way from Berlin to Dresden. Robert Lauver talks about the concert that took place last night at the Berlin Philharmonie and what they can expect in Dresden.
Jim Cunningham talks to Kent and Michelle Logsdon about the Berlin concert. Kent is Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Berlin. He's also a native of Sewickley. They both loved the concert and said the Berlin audience was impressed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about performing at the Philharmonie, working with Herbert van Karajan, and Karajan's secret door!
How do all of the instruments of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra get from Pittsburgh to Europe, and then from each concert hall - on time and in one piece?? That responsibility falls to the stage crew. WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talked to two of the crew members, John Karapandi and Rich Aversa in Hannover, Germany.
It's an off day in Hannover, so Jim Cunningham caught up with PSO Assistant Conductor Andres Franco and his wife, clarinetist Victoria Luperi to talk about the start of the tour and their responsibilities while on tour.
With the orchestra just arriving in Hannover, WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham talks to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Vice President of Operations and General Manager Declan McGovern about starting the tour in Hannover, Germany.
The members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have all arrived in Hannover in preparation for their first concert of the tour on Friday night. Jim Cunningham has a conversation with bass Micah Howard about the tour.
Jim Cunningham files his first report from Hannover, Germany. He talks about about the upcoming concert by percussionist Martin Grubinger.
Jim Cunningham visits the Beethovenhaus, the composer's birthplace in Bonn. He also get comments from the director of the Beethoven Festival, which has presented the PSO three times. You'll hear excerpts from a benefit concert in Cologne organized by PSO musicians including principal oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida for their "day off" on Friday. PSO Director of Artistic Planning Robert Moir talks about his work on this tour organizing return appearances for the orchestra with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2016.