To open the PSO season, and his final year as Concertmaster, Andres Cardenes talks about Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, Poulenc's Sinfonietta, and performing for world leaders at the G20 Pittsburgh Summit.
Robert Morris University President Gregory Dell'Omo talks with QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham about the Pittsburgh Speakers Series, which has been sponsored by Robert Morris since 2002.
From Lucerne, reflection on the tour with soprano Christine Schaefer, Friend of the PSO Linda Shooer, PSO physician Dr. Ted Osial, Principal Violist Randoph Kelly, and Music Director Manfred Honeck.
Minutes before the closing concert, Jim Cunningham checks in from Lucerne with comments from Viktoria Mullova, a baseball analogy from PSO President & CEO Larry Tamburri, and reactions from PSO Principal Bassoon Nancy Goeres and Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek.
The first concert review of the tour is in. Manfred Honeck's manager Lothar Schacke translates. Violinist Viktoria Mullova talks about her period instrument approach to Beethoven's concerto and her fashion sense. Principal Bass trombonist Murray Crewe talks about cruising Lake Lucerne, and Swiss cows.
Lucerne Festival Director Michael Haefliger has invited the orchestra back for 2011 on first hearing. Jim talks with Haefliger after the concert, and with the grandson of composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. Co-principal bassoon David Sogg talks about sightseeing and Principal Horn William Caballero about his section's "rounder" sound.