Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Travels to Perform in Aspen this Summer

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra_webThe 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 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist and AMFS artist-faculty member Michael Rusinek as soloists. The programs all start at 6 p.m. and are as follows:

  • August 23: Honeck conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 and Zukerman playing the Bruch Violin Concerto.
  • August 24: Honeck conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Rusinek playing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.
  • August 25: Honeck conducts Strauss’ “Elektra” Symphonic Rhapsody, Dvořák’s “Rusalka” Suite and Zukerman playing the Berg Violin Concerto.

The festival’s summer program, which runs June 30 to August 21, presents more than 400 public events including orchestral, chamber, opera, masterclasses and family events. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will complement this robust musical programming with its own acclaimed sound.

Says AMFS president and CEO Alan Fletcher, “In Aspen we are deeply committed to presenting many forms and styles of music and to celebrating the many brilliant musicians and ensembles of our time who bring it to life. Each has a unique voice and hearing each is a unique experience. The Pittsburgh Symphony is simply a spectacular orchestra and hearing it perform in the crystalline air of Aspen, with Manfred leading, will be a life moment for us all to share.”

“All of us at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are incredibly excited to have been invited to Aspen,” says Melia Tourangeau, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “It is a tremendous honor to be collaborating on what is an amazing musical milestone for us.”

Manfred Honeck has served as the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008-2009 season. Together they regularly perform in major music capitals and festivals, among them the BBC Proms, Musickfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Pinchas Zukerman made his New York Philharmonic debut in 1963. His career includes world-wide acclaim as a violin soloist as well as many conducting posts. He has been beloved by Aspen audiences since his teenage years of Aspen study with the great Dorothy DeLay.

Michael Rusinek has performed as a soloist with many orchestras around the world and in May 2008, he premiered a new concerto by composer and AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher, a concerto commissioned for him by the Pittsburgh Symphony. That performance was recorded and is available on the Exton label.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the PSO continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras with more than 36 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America.

This residency is generously underwritten by Sanford and Naava Grossman.

Tickets for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts in Aspen are on sale now by phone at 970-925-9042 or online at aspenmusicfestival.com.

About the Artists

PSO 120th-233MANFRED HONECK has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008-2009 season. Together with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Honeck’s widely celebrated performances and distinctive interpretations continue to receive international recognition. To great acclaim, Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra regularly perform in major music capitals and festivals, among them the BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Grafenegg Festival, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have also built a close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna. Following a week-long residency in 2012, they will return once again for three performances in the course of an extensive tour of Europe in spring 2016.

Honeck’s successful work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been extensively documented on recordings with the Reference and Exton labels. The first SACD released by Reference Records of Strauss tone poems, drew rave reviews. The second recording, of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 and the Symphonic Suite from Janáček’s opera Jenůfa, conceptualized by Honeck himself, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 was released in February 2015 to critical acclaim, including a second Grammy nomination, and Beethoven 5 & 7 was released on November 13, 2015. Several recordings, among them Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, which won a 2012 International Classical Music Award, are also available on the Japanese label Exton.

As a guest conductor, Honeck has worked with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome. In the United States, Honeck has conducted the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is also a regular guest at the Verbier Festival. In 2013, Honeck gave his successful debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, resulting in a CD recording of Dvořák together with Anne-Sophie Mutter for Deutsche Grammophon, which received an Echo Klassik award in 2014. The 2015-2016 season sees him return to Bamberg, Stuttgart, Rome, Stockholm and New York, as well as the Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, among others.

Born in Austria, Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Many years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and at the helm of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp. Honeck began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado in Vienna. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award in 1993. Honeck was one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and in Oslo, he assumed the post of music director at the Norwegian National Opera and was engaged as principal guest conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2000 to 2006, he was music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm and, from 2008 to 2011, principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he resumed for another three years at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season.

From 2007 to 2011, Honeck was music director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart where he conducted premieres including Berlioz’s Les Troyens, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Verdi’s Aida, Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Wagner’s Lohengrin and Parsifal, as well as numerous symphonic concerts. His operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival.

Honeck has received honorary doctorates from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and, most recently, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Moreover, he has been artistic director of the “International Concerts Wolfegg” in Germany for more than 20 years.

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The PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, celebrating 120 years of music in the 2015-2016 season, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004).  This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the ground breaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900—including 36 international tours to Europe, the Far East and South America—the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

aspen music festivalThe ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL is the United States’ premier classical music festival, presenting more than 400 musical events during its eight-week summer season in Aspen. The institution draws top classical musicians from around the world to this Colorado mountain retreat for an unparalleled combination of performances and music education. Many events are free, and seating on the David Karetsky Music Lawn and in the Music Garden is always free.

More than 630 music students from more than 40 U.S. states and more than 40 countries come each summer to play in five orchestras, sing, conduct, compose and study with approximately 130 renowned artist-faculty. Students represent the field’s best talent. Many have already begun their professional careers; others are on the cusp.

Renowned alumni include violinists Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Robert McDuffie, Midori, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Gil Shaham; pianists Ingrid Fliter, Orli Shaham, Conrad Tao, Yuja Wang, Wu Han and Joyce Yang; conductors Marin Alsop, James Conlon, James Levine, Leonard Slatkin and Joshua Weilerstein; composers William Bolcom, Philip Glass, Augusta Read Thomas, Bright Sheng and Joan Tower; vocalists Jamie Barton, Danielle de Niese, Sasha Cooke, Renée Fleming, and Dawn Upshaw; cellists Lynn Harrell and Alisa Weilerstein; guitarist Sharon Isbin; performer Peter Schickele and bassist Edgar Meyer.

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