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Live Blog with Peter Oundjian – Blog Host Jeff

I blog to you today from Heinz Hall’s gorgeous Overlook Room
where a group of random bloggers has assembled to, well, blog. Yes, we are currently in the midst of the PSO’s
second BlogFest where PSO bloggers join forces with other bloggers from the Pittsburgh community to share a common behind the scenes experience surrounding today’s
matinee concert
.

 

Currently, we await the arrival of today’s conductor, Peter Oundjian,
for a question and answer session. Maestro
Oundjian just completed the final concert of this weekend’s Mellon Grand
Classics set. Personally, I have been
looking forward to this concert ever since it was announced one year ago. Heavy hitters Mahler and Beethoven mixed
today with a younger “classic” by PSO Composer of the Year, Chris Theofanidis.

 

Chris’s Rainbow Body is a great yet short work (a mere 12
minutes) which won the popular Masterprize competition in 2003. A deliberate departure from what has commonly
been known as “contemporary classical music,” this competition produces a
winner which is filtered through the opinions of the general public. The result is a classical yet accessible and
popular work which has been performed more than 80 times since it took the top
prize in 2003.

 

The other works on today’s program – Beethoven’s 1st
Piano Concerto with Yefim Bronfman and Mahler’s 1st Symphony –
delivered like nothing else. In fact,
Bob Moir, VP of Artistic Planning and the “guiding hand” behind selection of
artists and performance works, just stopped by and explained that today’s Mahler,
in many ways, was programmed to match and exceed the high standards set by its
last performance by previous Music Director Mariss Jansons in 2002. Judging by the response of today’s audience,
Oundjian’s Mahler 1 did just that.

 

Ok, here he is, Peter Oundjian…make sure to catch documentation
of his Q & A session on our website as well as through the websites of
today’s bloggers.

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