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.
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 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