Pianist Emanuel Ax and guest conductor Jahja Ling joined forces with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Brahms Piano Concerto #1 at Heinz Hall, February 9th -11th, 2007 at Heinz Hall. Stephen Baum began a backstage discussion between soloist and conductor.
John Goldsmith leads the Heinz Chapel Choir at the University of Pittsburgh in his arrangement of the traditional â€œO Come, O Come Emanuel.â€
When guest conductor Arild Remmereit made his Pittsburgh Symphony debut in 2005 on one week's notice, the New York Times called Remmereit “the hottest conductor you've never heard of.” He'd just covered for Christoph von Dohnanyi at La Scala and for Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. In February, 2007, the Norwegian Remmereit conducted Hummel's Trumpet concerto, Peer Gynt by Grieg, and Carl Nielsen's first Symphony.
Manfred Honeck has been appointed as the Pittsburgh Symphony's next Music Director, beginning with the 2008-2009 season. Orchestra personnel react to the appointment at a press conference.
Christopher Theofanidis is the Pittsburgh Symphony's 2006-2007 Composer of the Year. In January, 2007, he was on hand for performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra of his “Visions and Miracles.” He answered Stephen Baum's questions, beginning with the most common one. How do you pronounce your name?
Guitarist Manuel Barrueco joined CMU's Cuarteto Latinoamericano in January, 2007, to make a CD including pieces by Astor Piazzolla and contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty. The Cuban-born Barrueco comments on Daugherty's provocatively-titled Bay of Pigs.