Author: Doug Bauman

Igudesman and Joo: Scary Concert at Heinz Hall

Igudesman and Joo: Scary Concert at Heinz Hall

Saturday evening we were treated by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to a highly entertaining concert led by violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo. A Scary Halloween it was, with music ranging from Dance Macabre by Saint-Saens to the hilarious Decomposing Composers by Michael Palin. […]

The Rite of Dance

The Rite of Dance

‘The Rite of Spring’ is the name of the third piece we heard at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this last weekend. Yet I coin the phrase “The Rite of Dance,” because the first two pieces were rather related to different forms of dance. […]

Dovetail the Immortal Beethoven, Stepping Outside the Box

Dovetail the Immortal Beethoven, Stepping Outside the Box

I wear my passion for classical music on my sleeve, and in the audience it’s not often I see the same, with the notable exception being the applause when everyone is enthusiastic. So it was a pleasure to observe two members of the audience one […]

Drumset on Display at Heinz Hall for “Alternative Energy”

Drumset on Display at Heinz Hall for “Alternative Energy”

During concerts on May 15-17, 2015, the Pittsburgh Symphony performed Alternative Energy by Composer of the Year Mason Bates. The first movement, “Ford’s Farm, 1896,” evokes a rustic midwestern junkyard in the late 19th century by using a bluesy fiddle and a “drumset” made of car parts. […]

Pictures from the Floating World

Pictures from the Floating World

I find it quite exciting to experience new classical pieces for the first time, especially a new composition like the one by David Ludwig: “Pictures from the Floating World, for Bassoon and Orchestra.” This was classical in the old style, akin to the Debussy romantic music from which the […]

A Temporal Walk Through the Spirit of Volition

A Temporal Walk Through the Spirit of Volition

Spirit is energy, and energy a kind of lifeblood. For me, classical music is this same kind of lifeblood, a form of energy. Volition is a an act of making a choice or decision, an alternate choice perhaps. Alternative Energy in this sense is a […]

Fantasia with the PSO

Fantasia with the PSO

Fantasia, the name itself is a musical enigma. The original 1940 version I saw when I was a kid, and I saw it again with my daughter. Fantasia 2000 was one of the first DVDs that we owned, before that it was VHS tapes. We […]

Exhilaration of Notes

Exhilaration of Notes

Conductor Manfred Honeck walked out onto the stage and announced that earlier in the week he received a text from Helene Grimaud, indicating that she was quite ill. She would not be able to come to Pittsburgh to play the Schumann Concerto in A minor […]

Firebird’s newer splendor, uncovered here again

Firebird’s newer splendor, uncovered here again

When perusing the program notes for the concert I just attended last Saturday at Heinz Hall with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, I discovered to my delight that two of the selections were All About Birds, in a sense. Birding is a hobby […]

Romance: Softly Rejoined Melody

Romance: Softly Rejoined Melody

Romance: It happens here: A Night in Russia, That’s how the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has billed this evening’s concert. It’s always my pleasure to enter Heinz Hall seating area, meandering through multitudes of patrons mingling or searching for their seats, each of us as anxious […]


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