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, conducted the entire evening without a score. With his exceptional performance […]

Mar 6

Concert Blog: It takes a Heinz Hall village

// 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 the pre-concert Steinway Young Artists recital. We knew two of […]

Feb 25

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 I see Charles Lirette, co-principal trumpet, again in the audience […]

Feb 11

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