Igor Levit makes his Heinz Hall debut Friday June 14th and Sunday June 16th 2019 with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall. He talks about hearing the orchestra when he was very young when the Pittsburgh visited Hanover, Germany where he moved from Russia at the age of 8. Now Igor is on the move having won multiple competitions and the coveted Gilmore Prize. He suggests a YouTube video you must see which was made in Pittsburgh by composer/pianist Frederick Rzewski at Wholey’s Fishmarket. Igor Levit is a champion of Rzewski’s "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." He explains why he describes himself on his website as “Citizen. European. Pianist.” And says he’s looking forward to playing the Mozart Elvira Madigan Concerto with a conductor he admires and says he can’t wait to tour Europe with the Pittsburgh Symphony in October 2019 in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.
WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham sat down with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck to dicuss this weekend's season finale concerts featuring Strauss' "Alpine Symphony" and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with soloist Igor Levit. He also talks about the Saturday-only concert with Joshua Bell.
Violinist Joshua Bell plays the Dvorak Violin Concerto, Dvorak’s "Song to the Moon" from the opera "Rusalka," plus Ravel’s Tzigane with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony - one night only, June 15th, at Heinz Hall. Joshua is playing only two other American dates this summer - at Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart in August. He talks about all three pieces, his work with Marvin Hamlisch, his teacher Josef Gingold, appearing in the Amazon Prime series "Mozart in the Jungle," visiting the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, playing in the subway, and the children’s book "The Man With the Violin," plus winning the Glashutte award in Dresden this past March.
The Pittsburgh Girls Choir perform a concert titled "Anne Frank: Hope and Remembrance" Wednesday June 12th, 7pm at Rodef Shalom. The Choirs Artistic Director Kathryn Barnard and some students stopped by to chat with WQED-FM's Anna Singer about the concert.
James Gourlay came by to speak with WQED about the performance from members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. He gives a glimpse of what to expect at the concert, in addition to who will be there. The group will perform on Monday, June 10 at 7:30 pm on the Dollar Bank Main Stage.
From June 6-9, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. The concert began with a world premiere of a piece from American composer Jonathon Leshnoff's Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon that featured the PSO's very own Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek and Principal Bassoon Nancy Goeres. WQED live broadcasted the event, and during intermission, Jim Cunningham was able to speak with Maestro Manfred Honeck, soloists Michael Rusinek and Nancy Goeres, and CEO and President of the PSO Melia Tourangeau.