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Live from Berlin

Live from Berlin

We arrived in hot and sunny Berlin today via high speed train…five hours later we were on stage at the fabulous Berlin Philharmonie, broadcasting live via satellite to Heinz Hall! The Pittsburgh Symphony worked with a business partner to provide a DTH (direct to home) transmission on […]

Scenes from Bremen

Scenes from Bremen

Today we are in the lovely city of Bremen, Germany. A mere hour away from the start of the concert with Daniil Trifonov at the Die Glocke. This venue was designed by Walter Gorig and completed in 1928. The building seats 1,400. We haven’t had […]

Lorna McGhee: Family Time, Tchaik 4 and the Largest Pizza in the World — Tour Is On!

Lorna McGhee: Family Time, Tchaik 4 and the Largest Pizza in the World — Tour Is On!

Greetings from Hannover! We just played the first concert of our tour here in the Congress Centrum, a huge circular concert hall, like the Royal Albert Hall used for Proms in London. This hall though, is a little less fancy and more austere, dating from […]

Jim Cunningham On Demand from 2016 European Tour

Jim Cunningham On Demand from 2016 European Tour

If you missed Jim Cunningham’s reports from tour on WQED-FM, don’t despair! The audio files are on demand online. His first three reports are up now. 

Arrived! Willkommen in Hannover

Arrived! Willkommen in Hannover

The 2016 European Tour began on Tuesday, May 17 when buses left Heinz Hall at 7 and 11:30 a.m. to take everyone to the airport. After what feels like 1,000 hours, we arrived in Hamburg this morning and hopped on more buses to Hannover, Germany. Hannover […]

Twice the Tour Fun! Follow the WQED-FM Tour Blog

Twice the Tour Fun! Follow the WQED-FM Tour Blog

Along with updates here on the 2016 tour, be sure to bookmark the WQED-FM tour blog. Written by the intrepid Jim Cunningham of WQED-FM, who travels along with the orchestra every step of the way, this blog is full of interesting travel items, insights and […]

Clarion Quartet Concert at Terezin Memorial on May 24

Clarion Quartet Concert at Terezin Memorial on May 24

During the 2016 European tour, the Clarion Quartet, a quartet of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians — Jennifer Orchard and Marta Krechkovsky, violins; Tatjana Mead Chamis, viola; and Bronwyn Banerdt, cello — will perform an hour-long concert at the Terezin Memorial in the Czech Republic on May […]

Music Director Manfred Honeck to Lead Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 14-Concert, 4-Nation European Tour

Music Director Manfred Honeck to Lead Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 14-Concert, 4-Nation European Tour

Orchestra will be joined by soloists Daniil Trifonov, Martin Grubinger, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos PITTSBURGH – Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on a 14-concert European Tour from May 17 to June 5, 2016. The tour will take the orchestra to […]

Bob Lauver: Final Tour Days in Bonn

Bob Lauver: Final Tour Days in Bonn

As we approach the final concert of our European Festivals Tour 2013, I get a chance to reflect on the weeks the Pittsburgh Symphony has spent traveling and performing, and also to anticipate our return home. As a member of the horn section I am […]

David Sogg: Beer Mats or Beer Coasters

David Sogg: Beer Mats or Beer Coasters

For my turn at the Pittsburgh Symphony tour blog, I have chosen to write about an often overlooked part of German culture, the beer coaster. Bierdeckel have been around forever in Germany, and are now becoming standard in American pubs. These mats or coasters generally […]