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 the lives and masterpieces of Prokofiev, MacMillan, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. […]

Feb 11

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 Honeck inevitably radiated waves of sanguine optimism reinforced by harmonious […]

Feb 5

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 evening’s concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I also watched […]

Jan 16

“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, by phone at 412-392-4900 or at the Heinz Hall box office.

Jan 12

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 Series. Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck opens the program […]

Jan 12

Concert Blog: Holiday Homecomings & New Memories at Highmark Holiday Pops!

As we walked into Heinz Hall, the holiday spirit was everywhere, but especially in the Grand Lobby that held a beautiful large Christmas tree and a grand golden menorah. Concert goers were all around, admiring décor and snapping selfies by the tree. The festive décor continued into the main hall, where the stages was adorned […]

Dec 12

Concert Blog: Pittsburgh Symphony Musicians Return to Stridently Enthusiastic Audience

As the lights strategically dimmed and before music director Manfred Honeck appeared on the empty stage the audience arose in gleeful anticipation and began a strident applause. Conductor Honeck then walked out and addressed the audience: “We thank you for your loyalty, your commitment to this institution and your unwavering support. We will have a […]

Dec 4

Concert Blog: PSO Classical Mixer

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra hosted a summer event called Classical Mixer this last weekend. Since I haven’t heard live orchestral music much lately since the conclusion of the regular season, I made sure to attend. I’m glad I did; it was a treat. During the mixer portion, in the outdoor garden, Carolyn Edwards introduced herself […]

Jul 25

Concert Blog: The Full Muscle and Finesse of the ‘Magical Music of Harry Potter’

Picklesburgh served up pickled jams and cupcakes on the Rachel Carson Bridge to eager enthusiasts. Beerfest celebrated its fourth anniversary of craft beer samplings at Stage AE. And Heinz Hall transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra embraced the “Magical Music of Harry Potter” on Saturday evening, July 16. Excited fans of […]

Jul 18

Concert Blog: PSO and Nelly Energizes and Unifies

The cities of St. Louis, Missouri, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are known for their similarities. From their flourishing settlement periods in the late 1700s to subsequent industry booms and diverse immigrant populations to parallel urban communities and signature architecture, these communities share many of the same historical comparisons. So when St. Louis native Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., […]

Jul 15