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Watch Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Perform LIVE from Berlin at Heinz Hall May 22

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Be part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 European Tour from the comfort of a seat at Heinz Hall! On May 22 at 2 p.m. EST, Pittsburghers can cheer on their home orchestra while watching a concert with a simulcast live from Berlin, Germany. Direct from the world-famous Berlin Philharmonie, this concert features Music Director […]

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Apr 6
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Travels to Perform in Aspen this Summer

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Manfred Honeck, will be in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer and perform three concerts in the festival’s 2000-seat signature venue, the Benedict Music Tent. The orchestra will perform August 23, 24 and 25, and will be joined by violinist Pinchas Zuckerman and […]

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Mar 10
 

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 Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. The tour opens at Kuppelsaal […]

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Jun 8
 

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 acutely aware that when we bring a piece like Richard […]

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Sep 14
 

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 advertise the particular brand of beer served by the pub. […]

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Sep 14
 

Jennifer Orchard: Beethoven in Bonn

Hello from the Pittsburgh Symphony’s European Festivals tour, Bonn, Germany! I took a short video of the this beautiful city, including the main attraction (at least for musicians!), Beethoven’s birth house. In the second video, we will show you his grave in Vienna. The soundtrack for this video is Beethoven’s Triple Concerto performed by yours truly, […]

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Sep 13
 

Joann Vosburgh: Swiss Cheese and French Music in Lucerne

Following a rainy day yesterday, we awoke to a sunny morning in this picturesque town where the mountains separate the sky from the lake. Even though the day soon turned cloudy, orchestra members reported a number of enjoyable activities between our morning rehearsal and evening concert: visits to the poignant Lion Monument (commemorating Swiss Guards […]

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Sep 11
 

Bob Lauver: The Best Seat in the House

The PSO is closing in on the end of our European Festivals Tour, with a second concert in Lucerne tonight and then one remaining city (Bonn, Germany) to visit, where we also play two concerts. I have said before that I have the best seat in the house for every rehearsal and concert, but on […]

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Sep 11
 

Noah Bendix-Balgley: Portraying Strauss’ Wife

This European tour has been particularly exciting for me because we are performing Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben in many of our concerts. In addition to its status as one of the greatest tone poems, Heldenleben also features the perhaps the biggest and most challenging concertmaster solo in the standard orchestral repertoire. For virtually every concertmaster audition, […]

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Sep 8
 

Photos from Dusseldorf

The Pittsburgh Symphony played in Dusseldorf on Saturday, Sept. 7. The city is celebrating it’s 750th anniversary and we played Happy Birthday to mark the occasion. Yuja Wang also performed with the orchestra in the magnificent Tonhalle. Today we are in Frankfurt and tomorrow move onto Lucerne, Switzerland!

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Sep 8