The Pittsburgh Symphony prepares to inaugurate the main stadium for the 2009 World Games for a sellout crowd of 37,000. Trumpeter Chad Winkler and percussionist Andrew Reamer describe the rehearsal, and Chinese-born cellist Adam Liu fulfills a dream with his first Taiwan visit.
Co-Principal Clarinet Thomas Thompson recalls touring Japan with the PSO under William Steinberg, Principal Horn William Caballero comments on Kaohsiung's steamy climate, and Principal Viola Randolf Kelly is amazed at Shanghai's skyward growth.
The PSO delivered in Shanghai, as the audience was on its feet demanding a rare and unexpected third encore. Jim Cunningham sets the scene, and pianist Orion Weiss reflects on his two Beethoven "Emperor" concerto performances in China with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
The PSO impresses at the Oriental Arts Center. Jim Cunningham brings highlights of the concert. Bass Jeff Grubbs finds his favorite Shanghai tea shop, musicians take a Short Ride in a 270 MPH Maglev train, and ponder the appeal of Hello Kitty®.
An impression of the PSO's concert from one of China's few full-time music critics, and comments from Heidi Gorton, who returned to Beijing to perform with her PSO parents Gretchen Van Hoesen and James Gorton; PSO violinist and China Central Conservatory professor Hong-Guang Jia; and Concertmaster Andres Cardenes.
Manfred Honeck led the PSO Saturday night in the sprawling and completely sold-out Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. Jim Cunningham caught up with principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams, violinist Christopher Wu, and bassist David Premo after a concert which literally began with great fanfare.