A Warm Wiesbaden Welcome: The Rheingau Musik Festival

A Warm Wiesbaden Welcome: The Rheingau Musik Festival

Concert one is in the books! The Pittsburgh Symphony kicked off our 2017 European Festivals with a performance at the Rheingau Musik Festival in Wiesbaden.  It was a fast and furious concert, with dear friend of the PSO Anne-Sophie Mutter performing two works, Lutoslawski’s Partita and Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor, followed by a passionate performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. Follow along on our journey from rehearsal to concert!

© Todd Rosenberg 2017
© Todd Rosenberg 2017

The day began with a visit to the Wilhelm Heckel bassoon factory. Bassoonists David Sogg and James Rodgers woke up early to tour the facility where their bassoons are made and try new instruments.

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Meanwhile, PSO stagehands John Karapandi and Rocky Esposito are busy unloading our instruments and setting up the stage. Das Kurhaus, the hall in Wiesbaden, is a tight fit compared to Heinz Hall!

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Associate concertmaster Mark Huggins finds a quiet moment to warm up onstage. Das Kurhaus is absolutely stunning.

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Principal bass Jeff Turner warms up backstage.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter and Manfred Honeck sharing a joyful moment during rehearsal. Mutter is joining the PSO for three concerti over five concerts.

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Second clarinet Ron Samuels, principal clarinet Michael Rusinek, principal bassoon Nancy Goeres and second bassoon Philip Pandolfi rehearsing the Dvorak Violin Concerto.

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Trombonists Pete Sullivan, James Nova and Jeff Dee letting it rip while rehearsing the Tchaikovsky. We’ll get trumpeter Chad Winkler some earplugs next time…

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Anne-Sophie Mutter and Manfred Honeck meet during a break in the action.

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Between the rehearsal and concert, a technician from Schiedmayer Celesta came to the hall to service on our celesta.

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Guest concertmaster Alexi Kenney and associate concertmaster Mark play together during the Tchaikovsky.

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The cello section enjoying performing together.

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Principal percussionist Andy Reamer and percussionist Christopher Allen during the 3rd movement of the Tchaikovsky.

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Manfred Honeck congratulates Anne-Sophie Mutter after a fabulous performance.

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Manfred Honeck recognizes the orchestra after performing two encores – Tchaikovsky’s “Panorama” from The Sleeping Beauty, and Prokofiev’s “The Death of Tybalt” from Romeo and Juliet.

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Thank you, Wiesbaden!

 

 



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