Author: Natalie Paolini

Concert Blog: A New Romance: Gustavo Dudamel & the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Concert Blog: A New Romance: Gustavo Dudamel & the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

On the evening of Friday, April 7 at Heinz Hall, Gustavo Dudamel, perhaps the most recognizable conductor in the world, made his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in lieu of Christoph von Dohnanyi, who canceled his scheduled appearance after suffering an injury. I think […]

Concert Blog: Debut conductor Lahav Shani shines

Concert Blog: Debut conductor Lahav Shani shines

Last weekend the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presented to us an as-yet unfamiliar name in the classical music world — 27-year-old Israeli conductor Lahav Shani. Shani, who is the in­com­ing prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor of the Vi­enna Sym­phony Orches­tra and the succeeding main con­duc­tor of the Rot­ter­dam Phil­har­monic, […]

Bendix-Balgley shines in Brilliant original work “Fidl-Fantazye”

Bendix-Balgley shines in Brilliant original work “Fidl-Fantazye”

The play of light — that floating, ephemeral stuff, so much like sound itself opened this past Friday evening’s season finale. Former PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley (2011-2015), now First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmoniker treated Pittsburgh’s ecstatic audience with Mozart’s Rondo in C Major. Although […]

Concert Blog: Cameron Carpenter and the International Touring Organ

Concert Blog: Cameron Carpenter and the International Touring Organ

Sometimes in music it really matters that everything is connected in a deep way, in that the pieces are organic so that what comes out of one parameter infests the other and it becomes a unified object. Sunday afternoon at  Heinz Hall for the Performing […]

Concert Blog: Emanuel Ax Play Brahms

Concert Blog: Emanuel Ax Play Brahms

Friday’s concert at Heinz Hall for Performing Arts featured the brilliant Polish virtuoso Emanuel Ax in a performance of Brahms’ Concerto No.2 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 83 and the  Pittsburgh Symphony’s Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck who led the orchestra in works by […]

When the Musicians Smile

When the Musicians Smile

Sometimes, a performance focuses on something specific, like a composer or an era. Sometimes, it focuses on an idea. Sometimes, though, it simply focuses on the music itself. Friday night’s Pittsburgh Symphony concert, led by Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä of the Minnesota Orchestra, did just […]

Concert Blog: Love, Romance and Music

Concert Blog: Love, Romance and Music

A snowy Friday night in February was warmed by Pittsburgh Symphony’s concert of classics. Friday night’s program was led by Juraj Valčuha and featured Joshua Roman, in his debut performance, as the soloist. To kick off Valentine’s Day weekend, the Symphony performed some romantic works that […]

Denis Kozhukhin plays Rachmaninoff

Denis Kozhukhin plays Rachmaninoff

This past Friday evening at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, a program given of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Rossini’s music was marked by poise, musical clarity and an excitement outside the limits of general music making. The main excitement was brought by the […]

‘West Side Story’ film at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts with live orchestra

‘West Side Story’ film at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts with live orchestra

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts transformed, as it sometimes does, into a big cinema Friday night. In 1961, the film “West Side Story” was first shown at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood, California. Fifty four years later the film had a new “debut” in […]

Three Pieces Showcase Program Music

Three Pieces Showcase Program Music

By Carrie Garrison At last Friday’s Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert, a program was led by conductor Leonard Slatkin and featured Conrad Tao on piano. At first glance this difficult program seemed to have no underlying theme. However, during the performance it became apparent that each piece told their […]


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