Author: Doug Bauman

Concert Blog: The Magic of Gustavo Dudamel with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Concert Blog: The Magic of Gustavo Dudamel with the Pittsburgh Symphony

It’s Thursday and it’s raining. Raining, never-ending raindrops pounding the pavement and my umbrella. Inside it’s dull. So I go back to walk in the rain. At least the birds seem to appreciate the season with their songs, they are prepping for spring and summer […]

Concert Blog: Deftly Extrapolating the Magic of the Exhibition

Concert Blog: Deftly Extrapolating the Magic of the Exhibition

Sometimes it seems like musicians, or experts in any field, are riding on the spur of the moment. In reality it is us, the audience, who canter into the orchestra hall with high expectations and are riding toward an emotional crescendo when the concert begins. […]

Concert Blog: Mozart in Pittsburgh with Valčuha and Piemontesi

Concert Blog: Mozart in Pittsburgh with Valčuha and Piemontesi

I begin with a poem written while intently listening to “The Moldau” from Ma Vlast by Smetana. I was surprised that my friend had not heard this composition before. He listens to classical music (perhaps not enough), and his father was born in Hungary, close […]

Concert Blog: I Know You, We’ve Met Before

Concert Blog: I Know You, We’ve Met Before

Meet the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 100+ of the finest musicians with skills beyond compare. Tonight they are assembled before us, getting ready to play three selections old and new. They amble in one by one, and begin to warm up. As I approach my seat […]

Concert Blog: Midori with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Concert Blog: Midori with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Traveling to Pittsburgh to attend a concert filled with classical music is always like a journey through a magical world filled with spellbinding musical concoctions vividly unwinding before my ears. This evening was no exception, my rendezvous with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manfred […]

Concert Blog: Conducts with the Blood

Concert Blog: Conducts with the Blood

I wanted to be prepared for my evening at the symphony. First I listened to several versions of the Sibelius 5. Then I went to the official website for the Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, chief conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, and guest conductor for this […]

Concert Blog: Pittsburgh Symphony Musicians Return to Stridently Enthusiastic Audience

Concert Blog: Pittsburgh Symphony Musicians Return to Stridently Enthusiastic Audience

As the lights strategically dimmed and before music director Manfred Honeck appeared on the empty stage the audience arose in gleeful anticipation and began a strident applause. Conductor Honeck then walked out and addressed the audience: “We thank you for your loyalty, your commitment to […]

Concert Blog: PSO Classical Mixer

Concert Blog: PSO Classical Mixer

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra hosted a summer event called Classical Mixer this last weekend. Since I haven’t heard live orchestral music much lately since the conclusion of the regular season, I made sure to attend. I’m glad I did; it was a treat. During the […]

Concert Blog: Stepping out of the Silver Screen: Alec Baldwin with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Concert Blog: Stepping out of the Silver Screen: Alec Baldwin with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Entering Heinz Hall last Saturday, I was immediately struck by the array of speakers cascaded around the back of the stage, in captivating contrast of spotless white and black. I realized it was indeed to be used by the organ for Cameron Carpenter’s selection to […]

Concert Blog: Singularly Intimate Ardor Flirtingly Revealed

Concert Blog: Singularly Intimate Ardor Flirtingly Revealed

I start at the end of Friday’s concert with the composition freshest on my mind, the Carmen melodies I’m humming outside the concert hall, and all the way home. With the Bizet Carmen Suite we see and hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at their very […]


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