Tag: Concert Review

Concert Blog: PSO and Nelly Energizes and Unifies

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 […]

When the Musicians Smile

When the Musicians Smile

Sometimes, a performance focuses on something specific, like a composer or an era. Sometimes, it focuses on an idea. Sometimes, though, it simply focuses on the music itself. Friday night’s Pittsburgh Symphony concert, led by Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä of the Minnesota Orchestra, did just […]

Concert Blog: Randy Newman Brings Exemplary Talent to Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Concert Blog: Randy Newman Brings Exemplary Talent to Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Randy Newman performed Thursday night at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “Thursday Night Icons” series — closing off the successful series at Heinz Hall having followed Smokey Robinson, Diana Krall and Johnny Mathis. Newman, who was recently presented with the PEN New England Song Lyrics of […]

Dovetail the Immortal Beethoven, Stepping Outside the Box

Dovetail the Immortal Beethoven, Stepping Outside the Box

I wear my passion for classical music on my sleeve, and in the audience it’s not often I see the same, with the notable exception being the applause when everyone is enthusiastic. So it was a pleasure to observe two members of the audience one […]

A Temporal Walk Through the Spirit of Volition

A Temporal Walk Through the Spirit of Volition

Spirit is energy, and energy a kind of lifeblood. For me, classical music is this same kind of lifeblood, a form of energy. Volition is a an act of making a choice or decision, an alternate choice perhaps. Alternative Energy in this sense is a […]

Ladies and Gentlemen: Yankee Doodle Mozart

Ladies and Gentlemen: Yankee Doodle Mozart

At Heinz Hall on Friday the program included Aleksey Igudesman(violin) and Hyung-ki Joo(piano) along with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I was anxious to attend, and I really didn’t know what was in the program, yet I knew it would be genuinely entertaining. […]


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