QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham reports on the PSO's second concert at the Musikverein, with comments from Principal Piccolo Rhian Kenny, and Emanuel Ax after his Wednesday concert with the PSO.
Before the first of two concerts at Vienna's legendary Musikverein, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham asks PSO Concertmaster about his memories of this famous hall, and his future after vacating the concertmaster's chair this summer. Vienna Philharmonic bass trombonist Hans Stoerker talks about the VPO's guest conductors and concerts, including its first ever "Star Wars" concert, and its annual New Year's Day concerts.
From the after-party for the Pittsburgh Symphony's first of two concerts at the Musikverein, Young harpist Heidi Gorton tells QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham how it's possible that she's been touring with the orchestra all her life, and gives her impressions of the audience. Jim notes 14 critics present at the concert, which will be broadcast in Austria in June. In the background, a celebration with many members of Music Direcotd Manfred Honeck's family.
QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham goes on a Vienna tour bus to a wine restaurant filled with a accordion music and gemütlichkeit. Percussionist Michael Pape visits the #1 place for Wiener Schnitzel. Violinist Laura Motchalov tries out an iPad, and talks about the tour audiences.
Bassoonist James Rodgers visits the zoo and the refurbished St. Stephen's Cathedral (Staphansdom), QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham meets a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, and PSO Concertmaster Andres Cardenes taks about making his final tour with the orchestra.
Meet James Gourlay, the Scottish-born conductor and tuba virtuoso who becomes Music Director of the River City Brass Band in September, 2010. Currently director of Britain's Grimethorpe Colliery Band, he has plans to take the RCBB to a higher artistic level, refocus its programming, and get John Q. Public playing in a brass band. As an orchestral musician, he has played for some of the world's most renowned conductors.