Following the Pittsburgh Symphony’s wildly successful return to the Salzburg Festival as the only American orchestra featured this year, the orchestra had a day off in the city before we departed for two concerts at the Grafenegg Festival. Many in the orchestra spent the day exploring the the historic city.

A visit to Salzburg wouldn’t be complete without seeing Mozart’s birthplace.

Manfred Honeck meets up with members of the orchestra for some shopping.

The Salzach River divides the Altstadt (Old City) from the Neustadt (New City).

Cellist Nathan Chan, a member of the Seattle Symphony, brought along a drone to explore some of the Old City area.

Signs of Mozart’s influence are everywhere…

Meanwhile, oboist Max Blair is busy preparing reeds for upcoming concerts.

Violist Paul Silver follows along as we wind through the valley to Grafenegg.

Cellists Charlie Powers, Bronwyn Banerdt, and bassoonist Jim Rodgers going for a quick jog prior to rehearsal.

The orchestra rehearses at the Wolkenturm, a stunning open-air venue.

Manfred Honeck and Matthias Goerne rehearsing. Yes, that’s a castle in the background.

Rain clouds begin to move in… Our amazing crew moves the orchestra to Grafenegg’s indoor Auditorium for the concert.

Dear friend of the PSO and Grafenegg Festival Artistic Director Rudolf Buchbinder greets Manfred Honeck. Buchbinder performed three concertos in one evening with the PSO back in April 2017.

Manfred Honeck can’t help but smile during Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Trumpets Chad Winkler and Neal Berntsen perform in the Grafenegg Auditorium.

Cellist Karissa Zadinsky catches our photographer’s eye prior to the concert.

Matthias Goerne performs Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the orchestra.

The orchestra takes one last bow following Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Manfred Honeck greets percussionist Andy Reamer during a post-concert dinner at the Göttweig Abbey. What amazing Austrian hospitality!

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