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.
Jim Cunningham talks with pianist and Grafenegg Festival director Rudolf Buchbinder, who praises the Pittsburgh Symphony's Grafenegg debut, and looks forward to playing Rhapsody in Blue with the PSO and Honeck at Heinz Hall in three weeks. Jim also interviews a Bavarian Radio producer who found the PSO's Mahler "incredible." You'll hear clips of Beethoven 4 with Helene Grimaud, and the opening of the Mahler 5.