Mahler and Schubert - Sep 2, 2011

Jim Cunningham phones in from Grinzing, on the outskirts of Vienna, site of Schubert's birthplace and Mahler's grave. Jim summarizes some reviews of the PSO's tour concerts. PSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong takes the phone to talk about staff conductors' duties on tour, and describes the outdoor venue for the orchestra's second concert at the Grafenegg Festival.

At Mahler's grave, and Grafenegg in the rain - Sep 2, 2011

Light rain forced the PSO indoors for its second concert at the Grafenegg Festival. Jim reports on the concert and on just-announced PSO plans for a 9/11 commemoration in Berlin. Jim also visits Mahler's grave with trombonist James Nova, who decided on a career in music upon hearing Mahler's Fifth Symphony in his native Hartford, CT. And as the PSO heads for the BBC Proms, Jim brings news of a pro-Palestinian protest that forced an early end to today's Israel Philharmonic Proms broadcast.

Greetings from Grafenegg - Sep 1, 2011

Jim Cunningham arrives in Grafenegg with the PSO, and puts Ulrike Niehoff, the Grafenegg Festival's Director of Artistic Administration, on the phone with QED's Anna Singer to talkabout the festival's history and roster of artists.

Dirndls and Loden cloth jackets - Sep 1, 2011

Grafenegg came out in modern and traditional Austrian finery for the Pittsburgh Symphony's debut at the Grafenegg Festival. Jim reports on the concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter and is joined by Principal English Horn Harold Smoliar, who welcomes a new family member with the PSO on this tour.

Meet Principal Timpanist Edward Stephan - Aug 31, 2011

Jim Cunningham meets the PSO's new Principal Timpanist, Edward Stephan, a Pittsburgh-area native who is living his dream by perfoming with the orchestra he's admired since childhood. Traveling with a folding bicycle, Ed talks about his past involvement in competitive cycling.

Haydn in Eisenstadt - Aug 31, 2011

Jim Cunningham joins PSO Principal Oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, the orchestra's new Principal Flute, Lorna McGhee, and Vienna Symphony oboist Peter Schreiber for a trip to Eisenstadt, the winter palace of Prince Esterhazy, where Haydn composed and performed many symphonies for the court. Hear about Haydn's home, his wig, and how Haydn lost his head. And get to know Scottish-born Lorna McGhee.