A Rainy Night in Dresden


Dresden greeted us with cool breezes and blue skies when we arrived in the city on Monday, but by the evening, thunder and rain descended. It did not damper the fervor of the crowd at the Albertinum that evening however! Several curtain calls and two encores closed the evening as the crowd stomped their feet […]

May 24

Live from Berlin

We arrived in hot and sunny Berlin today via high speed train…five hours later we were on stage at the fabulous Berlin Philharmonie, broadcasting live via satellite to Heinz Hall! The Pittsburgh Symphony worked with a business partner to provide a DTH (direct to home) transmission on the concert. The concert in Berlin was sent via uplink from […]

May 22

Scenes from Bremen

Today we are in the lovely city of Bremen, Germany. A mere hour away from the start of the concert with Daniil Trifonov at the Die Glocke. This venue was designed by Walter Gorig and completed in 1928. The building seats 1,400. We haven’t had much time to explore, but here are some photos of […]

May 21

Lorna McGhee: Family Time, Tchaik 4 and the Largest Pizza in the World — Tour Is On!

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Greetings from Hannover! We just played the first concert of our tour here in the Congress Centrum, a huge circular concert hall, like the Royal Albert Hall used for Proms in London. This hall though, is a little less fancy and more austere, dating from the 1920s or so. It was packed, and the audience […]

May 20

Jim Cunningham On Demand from 2016 European Tour

If you missed Jim Cunningham’s reports from tour on WQED-FM, don’t despair! The audio files are on demand online. His first three reports are up now. 

May 20

Arrived! Willkommen in Hannover

The 2016 European Tour began on Tuesday, May 17 when buses left Heinz Hall at 7 and 11:30 a.m. to take everyone to the airport. After what feels like 1,000 hours, we arrived in Hamburg this morning and hopped on more buses to Hannover, Germany. Hannover is the capitol of the federal state of Lower Saxony, a […]

May 18

Twice the Tour Fun! Follow the WQED-FM Tour Blog

Along with updates here on the 2016 tour, be sure to bookmark the WQED-FM tour blog. Written by the intrepid Jim Cunningham of WQED-FM, who travels along with the orchestra every step of the way, this blog is full of interesting travel items, insights and interviews with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, guests and many others! Read […]

May 16

Clarion Quartet Concert at Terezin Memorial on May 24

During the 2016 European tour, the Clarion Quartet, a quartet of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians — Jennifer Orchard and Marta Krechkovsky, violins; Tatjana Mead Chamis, viola; and Bronwyn Banerdt, cello — will perform an hour-long concert at the Terezin Memorial in the Czech Republic on May 24. Terezin was a Jewish ghetto, prison and transit station […]

May 16

Noah Bendix-Balgley, Erik Bendix Explore World of Klezmer in Intimate Music for the Spirit Presentation

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents a special Music for the Spirit community event featuring First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Noah Bendix-Balgley and his father, international folkdance expert Erik Bendix, on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. Father & Son: Klezmer Insights is an intimate Music for […]

May 16

Concert Blog: Honeck Conducts Strauss with Martin Grubinger

Prior to the opening bars of the Elektra Symphonic Rhapsody, it was apparent that Friday the 13th would be a special night at the Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts.  Following video introductions and a short discussion regarding the upcoming European Tour of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Manfred Honeck raised his baton and […]

May 14