After our concert in Wiesbaden, the Pittsburgh Symphony quickly packed up and took off for Salzburg the next morning, our first travel & concert day of the tour. By the time Tuesday was over, we had bused from Wiesbaden to Frankfurt, flew from Frankfurt to Salzburg, checked into the hotel for a quick bite, and then sped off to the Salzburg Festival for a short rehearsal immediately followed by a concert. Whew!

The Pittsburgh Symphony has performed at the Salzburg Festival several times before. We debuted in 1985 with Lorin Maazel, in a program featuring Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Berlioz’s Symphony fantastique. Most recently, we visited in 2003 with Mariss Jansons. This year, the Pittsburgh Symphony was the only American orchestra to be featured at the festival, a distinct honor for Manfred Honeck and the orchestra. The program included a set of three pieces by Witold Lutoslawski – Partita, Interlude, and Chain 2, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. Read along for a behind the scenes look at our whirlwind day!

All photographs © Todd Rosenberg 2017

Nerve-wracking traffic on our way to Frankfurt Airport…we are sure glad to see Kevin from our touring company!

Principal oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida is thrilled to arrive in Salzburg.

Stagehand John Karapandi setting the stage at the stunning Große Festspielhaus, home of the Salzburg Festival.

The festival hosts a wide variety of concerts, including a simultaneous opera production. Signage to direct the PSO throughout the building is important!

Horn Stephen Kostyniak warms up out in the audience.

Principal harp Gretchen Van Hoesen warms up backstage.

Salzburg Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler greets the orchestra at rehearsal.

Librarian Lisa Gedris finds a quiet corner to set up her office for the evening.

Principal clarinet Michael Rusinek and principal bassoon Nancy Goeres soak in the atmosphere outside the hall.

Patrons file in, excited to see Anne-Sophie Mutter and the orchestra.

Bass clarinet Jack Howell performs during the Lutoslawski.

Flutes Jennifer Ann Steele and Lorna McGhee, and oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida perform during the Tchaikovsky.

Manfred Honeck, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Salzburg Festival Artistic Director Markus Hinterhauser chat during intermission.

The orchestra acknowledges the cheers of the Salzburg audience following a roaring Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6.

Manfred Honeck is thrilled with the concert!

And just like that, the orchestra is on the road again, back to the hotel for some rest before heading on to Grafenegg.

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