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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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!