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Tatjana Mead Chamis: A Most Meaningful Concert

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 […]

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May 26
 

A Day in Terezin

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 […]

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May 25
 

Noah Bendix-Balgley: Livestream, Laundry and a Last-Minute Composition Project

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), […]

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May 24
 

A Rainy Night in Dresden

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 […]

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May 24
 

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 the concert. The concert in Berlin was sent via uplink from […]

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May 22
 

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 much time to explore, but here are some photos of […]

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May 21
 

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 the 1920s or so. It was packed, and the audience […]

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May 20
 

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. 

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May 20
 

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 is the capitol of the federal state of Lower Saxony, a […]

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May 18
 

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 interviews with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, guests and many others! Read […]

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May 16