Now in the wealthy duchy of Luxembourg, Jim Cunningham chats with QED 89.3's Anna Singer about the latest stop on the Pittsburgh Symphony tour. Trumpeter Neal Berntsen recaps some day off activities yesterday in Frankfurt.
After the first of two concerts at the Duchy's striking new Philharmonie, Jim chats with Ted Sohier, and we hear PSO cellist Hampton Mallory and Lauren Scott Mallory in a husband-and-wife debate over the sound quality of the hall.
Jim Cunningham brings us accordion music from the U-Bahn, PSO Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh's memories of re-opening Frankfurt's Altes Oper in 1981 with the Chicago Symphony. BNY Mellon's Thomas Brand talks about the bank's growing presence in Germany. Pittsburgh Symphony CEO Larry Tamburri notes BNY Mellon's long sponsorship of the orchestra, and gives an update on tour ticket sales.
Jim visits the house of Johann Goethe, asks pianist Rodrigo Ojeda about playing a Pleyel piano in Paris and the celeste during quiet moments of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony. Jim also gets impressions of the tour from PSO cellist Mikhail Istomin.
Jim Cunningham interviews the director of the Salle Pleyel after the PSO earned rhythmic applause and played three encores to a sold-out house. Jim also talks with Pittsburghers living in Paris, Jerry and Jane Voros.
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.