Jim interviews PSO violist Stephanie Tretick and trumpeter Chad Winkler after the concert at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, where pianist Emanuel Ax gave his first performance of this tour, playing Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, which Manfred Honeck paired with the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony, plus encores.
From Stuttgart, Germany, Jim Cunningham reports on the tour's first concert at the Stadtcasino in Basel, Switzerland with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto. He meets expatriate Pittsburghers Jim and Luanne Shock after the concert, and gets a comment from PSO violinist Christopher Wu.
The PSO played at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Germany's motor city, home to Mercedes Benz and Porsche. Violist Paul Silver gives his impressions of the hall and audience after another performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter, and a delayed response at the end of Mahler's Symphony #1.
Jim Cunnningham files his first report from the Pittsburgh Symphony's 2010 European Tour.
Horn players Zachary Smith and Robert Rydell recount their arrival day activities and look ahead to the horns' high points on this European tour which begins with a concert in Basel on Saturday, May 15.
Classical QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham and PSO brass players visit the Trumpet Museum in Bad Säckingen, Germany. Founder and trumpeter Edward Tarr was a pioneer in the revival of Renaissance brass music. Housed in a castle, the museum features historic instruments, and Tarr himself provides some trumpet history and lore.