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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 of memory. As I laid my stone on one of […]
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 hour’s drive northwest of Prague, close to the convergence of […]
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 Station, I left the group (who took buses to the hotel), […]
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 encores closed the evening as the crowd stomped their feet […]
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 the concert. The concert in Berlin was sent via uplink from […]
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 much time to explore, but here are some photos of […]
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 the 1920s or so. It was packed, and the audience […]
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.
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 is the capitol of the federal state of Lower Saxony, a […]
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 interviews with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, guests and many others! Read […]