Concert Blog

Concert Blog: Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

Concert Blog: Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

I first saw The Graduate when I was 17, 25 years after it made “Plastics” a catchphrase for the 1960s zeitgeist. I loved the movie. I loved Mrs. Robinson’s elegant cynicism, Benjamin’s dumbfounded naivete and Elaine’s sweet nonchalance. I most loved the movie for the […]

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: 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, […]

Concert Blog: It takes a Heinz Hall village

Concert Blog: It takes a Heinz Hall village

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js It has been a while since we have been here, and we miss our once much more frequent outings to Heinz Hall and the PIttsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The occasion today actually was not the Pittsburgh Symphony, but the young artists who were there for […]

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: A Land of Magic and Mystery in The Sleeping Beauty

Concert Blog: A Land of Magic and Mystery in The Sleeping Beauty

To say that you need to experience the glory and emotion that is the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty this weekend is a poor and almost indescribable understatement. Russian and Scottish influences beautifully compete for your senses as the audience is enveloped into […]

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 […]

“The feeling of heart is there and has to be there…”

“The feeling of heart is there and has to be there…”

Maestro Jukka-Pekka Saraste discusses Beethoven, Sibelius and playing with “heart” with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham. Tickets are available online at pittsburghsymphony.org/Seven, by phone at 412-392-4900 or at the Heinz Hall box office.

Midori to Perform in New Castle as Part of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Scottish Rite Cathedral Series

Midori to Perform in New Castle as Part of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Scottish Rite Cathedral Series

Violin superstar Midori first captured hearts and minds of audiences 30 years ago as an 11-year-old virtuoso. And on February 4, she travels to the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as part of the Scottish Rite Cathedral […]



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