John Williams in Concert: a FanGirl’s (And FanBoy’s) Dream Concert

Those who know me know I love to love things: a song worth listening to twice is a song worth memorizing. A movie worth a re-watch deserves multiple rewatches. A book worth reading again–you get the idea. When I love something, I really love it, and I love to get other people to love the things […]

Jul 17

Concert Blog: Jazz in the Pittsburgh Air at Ella & Louis: All That Jazz!

Jazz was literally in the Pittsburgh air the weekend of June 16-18 as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra PNC Pops presented Ella & Louis: All That Jazz at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts.  The concert was conducted by Lawrence Loh with special guests Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals, Marva Hicks on vocals and Robert […]

Jun 17

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival June 5

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns to the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in a free outdoor concert at Point State Park on Monday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Assistant Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong will lead the orchestra in a program featuring selections from the works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra […]

May 25

Concert Blog: The Show Must Go On, PNC Pops! and the Music of Hollywood and Broadway

It was an unexpected but lovely evening at Heinz Hall on Friday, May 11 when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra dazzled as they performed music from Hollywood and Broadway.  My date and I had been long looking forward to a night of classic tunes with Neal Sedaka but with the talent of our orchestra and special […]

May 14

Concert Blog: Happy birthday, Rudolf Buchbinder: You were meant for this

The last time my husband and I were at Heinz Hall for a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance, I was 23 weeks pregnant with our son, enjoying the magical melodies of The Sleeping Beauty opus. Two months later, as I packed up bottles of breast milk between bags of frozen vegetables to take to the neo-natal intensive care […]

Apr 29

Concert Blog: Celebrating Connections in Spring – Viennese Celebration: Beethoven Piano Concertos

It was a perfect spring night in Pittsburgh to celebrate spring in Vienna at the first performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Viennese Festival.  The orchestra was conducted Music Director Manfred Honeck, and they were joined by Till Fellner who played piano in Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Concerto No.3  in C minor for Piano and […]

Apr 22

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 it is safe to say that there was the start […]

Apr 17

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 mating season. Inside again I play Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude, a […]

Apr 8

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. Many of us are not even musicians by training. We […]

Apr 1

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 music it brought me: “Sounds of Silence.” “Scarborough Fair.” “April […]

Mar 25