Through artists using and promoting reuseable and recycled materials, and Green Team members stationed at waste collection bins as part of the festival's Zero-Waste Initiative, the Three Rivers Arts Festival is one big, green event.
Manfred Honeck talks about his interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth, including an unusual understanding of tempo markings, and his take on the march in the Ode to Joy.
Commissioned by the Three Rivers Arts Festival and Gateway to the Arts, R.A.M is a contemporary dance work that tells a story of RAM and his frantic rush to recover lost memories. When his circuits crash, RAM relies on his friends URL, Surge, Giga, and Flash to help reformat the scrambled bits and bytes of his past.
Back home in Pittsburgh, Jim Cunningham looks back on the PSO 2010 European Tour, with comments recorded in Ljubljana with PSO musicians and board members, and Music Director Manfred Honeck. He also gives a taste of Ljubljana, Slovenia, including a meeting with the grandson of mid-century PSO Music Director Fritz Reiner.
In Budapest, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham continues a conversation with violin superstar Anne-Sophie Mutter, visits the Bartok House Museum, meets harpsichordist and former Pittsburgher Geoffrey Thomas, and collects comments from Pittsburgh Symphony CEO Larry Tamburri and board member Basil Cox with his wife Jayne Adair.
After the PSO's second concert at Vienna's Musikverein, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham gathers comments from Manfred Honeck's brother, Vienna Philharmonic Concertmaster Rainer Honeck, violinist Nikolaj Znaider, PSO Principal Bass Jeffrey Turner, and former Metropolitan Opera star Mildred Miller Posvar.