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Bob Lauver: A Reunion 38 Years in the Making

Bob Lauver: A Reunion 38 Years in the Making

Last night’s concert was a reunion 38 years in the making!  A little background first:  I’m from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and had the great fortune to study with the man second from the left in this picture, Neill Sanders. A few of his many credits were […]

Mikhail Istomin: Clay Soldiers and a Day in Lindau

Mikhail Istomin: Clay Soldiers and a Day in Lindau

The day off in Lindau was so welcome after grueling many days of traveling and performing and it could not of been a better spot to relax, reflect and take in the beauty nature. Even the weather cooperated and turned out to be a spectacular […]

A Day of Rest in Lindau

A Day of Rest in Lindau

As the sun sets over the picturesque city of Lindau, Germany, on this Memorial Day, the members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra finish their last day off before the busy final week of the tour. This island town was the perfect quiet place to rest […]

Photos from Vienna

Photos from Vienna

We leave beautiful, sunny Vienna today. It’s been a great three days in Vienna performing at the Musikverein with Martin Grubinger, Daniil Trifonov and Leonidas Kavakos! Onto Bregenz…

Bob Lauver: Best Seat in the House

Bob Lauver: Best Seat in the House

I have said it before that I have the distinct honor and privilege to  have the best seat in the entire orchestra, positioned where I am so close to all our amazing winds and brass and right next to the most thrilling talented and fun […]

Mikhail Istomin: Capturing a Moment in Time

Mikhail Istomin: Capturing a Moment in Time

I was seated in a cafe right on the plaza in front of the Alte Oper before our concert in Frankfurt. (No, I was not drinking beer.. 🙂  Just having a cup of coffee…) An older gentleman at the next table asked me what time it was […]

Tatjana Mead Chamis: A Most Meaningful Concert

Tatjana Mead Chamis: A Most Meaningful Concert

With a small stone in hand, I felt the full significance of my trip to Terezien, after a two-hour bus ride to the Czech Republic from Dresden, our latest concert stop. By Jewish tradition, stones are lain on graves as a symbol of the permanence […]

A Day in Terezin

A Day in Terezin

On May 24, a small group of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, staff and board members traveled to the small town of Terezin in the Czech Republic for a special purpose on a scheduled day off. From the Orel Foundation website: Terezin is a small town about an […]

Noah Bendix-Balgley: Livestream, Laundry and a Last-Minute Composition Project

Noah Bendix-Balgley: Livestream, Laundry and a Last-Minute Composition Project

The tour concert at the Berlin Philharmonie was a special experience for me, a chance to welcome my friends in the Pittsburgh Symphony to my new home in Germany. The orchestra traveled to Berlin from Hannover by train. Once we arrived at the Berlin Central […]

A Rainy Night in Dresden

A Rainy Night in Dresden

Dresden greeted us with cool breezes and blue skies when we arrived in the city on Monday, but by the evening, thunder and rain descended. It did not damper the fervor of the crowd at the Albertinum that evening however! Several curtain calls and two […]