Author: Natalie Paolini

The Nightmare Before Christmas with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Nightmare Before Christmas with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and newly appointed assistant conductor, Francesco Lecce-Chong, presented this past Wednesday a one-night-only performance of Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS film with score performed live by the orchestra. The magical atmosphere of Heinz Hall given by Maestro Lecce-Chong and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra aided […]

Bach, Beethoven and Brahms: The “Three Bs” with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Bach, Beethoven and Brahms: The “Three Bs” with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

At Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts Friday night, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra started out with a fresh transcription of Bach’s Chaconne from the Violin Partita No. 2 arranged for full orchestra by Hideo Saito. It was a masterpiece to behold visually, but mostly aurally […]

Concert Blog: Randy Newman Brings Exemplary Talent to Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Concert Blog: Randy Newman Brings Exemplary Talent to Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Randy Newman performed Thursday night at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “Thursday Night Icons” series — closing off the successful series at Heinz Hall having followed Smokey Robinson, Diana Krall and Johnny Mathis. Newman, who was recently presented with the PEN New England Song Lyrics of […]

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

“In this music we don’t see a superhero, we see a human being and this is what I see as my mission here,” German violinist Christian Tetzlaff says of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Orchestra in D Major, opus 61, a work he has performed 305 […]

Into the Realm of Pure Magic with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Into the Realm of Pure Magic with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Like any Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert there is always an element of magic that pervades the hall and atmosphere, but every once in a while you experience such purity and magic of music you did not think was even fathomable. Such was the case this past […]

The Romance of Schumann: Joyce Yang and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Romance of Schumann: Joyce Yang and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The magnificent and awe-inspiring architecture and ornamentation that defines Heinz Hall can sometimes be distracting during a long performance. But when pianist Joyce Yang began the evening with Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 54 she drew the attention away from the physical atmosphere […]

Casablanca — A Symphonic Night at the Movies: A Sensual Ride to Old-World Romance

Casablanca — A Symphonic Night at the Movies: A Sensual Ride to Old-World Romance

By Kathy Benkart Conductor Emil de Cou made his debut last evening with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. And while the evening appeared to be more about the movie “Casablanca” than the orchestra, that could not have been further from the truth. From the outset it […]

The Beauty of Jazz with Chris Botti: Flickering Intimacy and Resounding Grandeur

The Beauty of Jazz with Chris Botti: Flickering Intimacy and Resounding Grandeur

Chris Botti, the best-selling American instrumental artist has a trumpet sound that conveys the softer side of radiance, the dimension of nightfall and a dynamism of fire. Soothing and lustrous, it diffuses a shameless charm of the sort that you could strategically frame a career […]

A Night in Russia with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

A Night in Russia with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Since American violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley appeared onto the international scene, and became our beloved Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster, he has lived up to expectations of a musical prodigy to become one of the prominent faces of classical music worldwide. Polish conductor, Krzysztof Urbański was making his Heinz […]

A Fine Musical Palette: Montero and Gaffigan with the PSO

A Fine Musical Palette: Montero and Gaffigan with the PSO

This weekend at the PSO presented a quite varied program, but in retrospect paired quite nicely on the evening’s musical palette. First up was White Lies for Lomax, written by composer-of-the-year Mason Bates. This performance marked the Pittsburgh Symphony’s premiere of this work. This composition, […]


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