The Pittsburgh Symphony played at Smetana Hall in Prague, in the Czech Republic. Beforehand, Principal Oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and Principal Bass Trombone Murray Crewe marveled at the old town square, which seems to combine the delights of many European capitals. Jim encounters Dan Dennehy from the Katz Graduate School at Pitt; Jack Allen, President & CEO of all-classical KPBS in Portland, Oregon; and PSO Friends Gail and Greg Harbaugh.
The Pittsburgh Symphony played for a live audience and delayed radio broadcasts at Dresden's Semperoper. QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham brings us the sounds of street music, cellist Jan Vogler in rehearsal with the PSO, and orchestra violinist Louis Lev meeting an idol, chess grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann. Hornist Joseph Rounds gets a sense of the Semperoper Orchestra just by looking at their backstage stuff, and Jim meets Deutschland Radio's Isobel Roth.
At the halfway point of the PSO's campaign through Europe, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham hears from percussionist John Soroka about his visit to one of WWII's most important battlefields. Matthias Naske, Director General of the Philharmonie Luxembourg, assesses the PSO's two concerts in Luxembourg.
At the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Jim Cunningham meets Eric Osch, Treasury Controller for Ikano Group, and his wife Renee. Co-Principal Bassoonist David Sogg describes his ride through the countryside on his folding bike. Tom Castelyn, Managing Director of BNY Mellon Benelux and France, talks about Luxembourg's concentration of financial services and the outlook for the troubled Euro.
Rota, Poulenc, and Brahms are on the menu, when the Cincopation Wind Quintet and guest pianist Bill Larson perform at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside, Fri. May 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Flutist Tara Yaney and pianist Bill Larson chat with QED 89.3's Stephen Baum.
PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck sits down with QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham to talkabout the rehearsal schedule on tour, and his anticipation for his return to Vienna's Musikverein, where he was a violist in the Vienna Philharmonic. Jim chats with Ted Sohier about the second of two concerts at the Philharmonie Luxembourg.