Conductor Stephane Deneve explains the title of Ravel's "Pavane pour une enfant defunte," recalls visits to Ravel's home, talks about Roussel's "Bacchus et Arianne," the recent birth of his first child, and his first hearing of the Pittsburgh Symphony in Europe.
Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen gives a detailed preview Andre Previn's brand-new concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony. She talks about Previn's PSO years, her teachers, her father, and her prized lavender harp.
Andre Previn talks about his new harp concerto for the Pittsburgh Symphony's Gretchen Van Hoesen, Copland's "Appalachian Spring," his forthcoming opera, "Brief Encounter," and his new jazz CD, "Alone."
Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Music Director Katherine Mueller previews "The German Romantics," featuring choral works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schubert.
Marin Alsop tells Jim Cunningham about her Pittsburgh Symphony program with two settings of Romeo & Juliet and a world premiere by John Corigliano.
The prolific and award-winning Sir Salman Rushdie rocked the Muslim world with his book, The Satanic Verses, resulting in a fatwa from Ayatollah Khomeini. During his years under protective custody, he continued to write. His most recent award-winning work is Shalimar the Clown. Rushdie will appear Feb. 27, 2008 at Heinz Hall.