Greetings from Bucharest, where the Pittsburgh Symphony just performed to a sold-out audience at the George Enescu Festival following a “difficult” day of travel from Lucerne – you’re not going to want to miss our next blog!

All photos © Todd Rosenberg 2017

Previously, the PSO left London, following a sold-out performance at the 2017 BBC Proms, flying into Zurich where the airport tram is filled with the sounds of alpenhorns and cowbells.

We arrive on the shores of Lake Lucerne, within shouting (yodeling?) distance of the Swiss Alps.

Trombone Pete Sullivan takes a spin around the lake.

Night falls on Lake Lucerne, as the PSO prepares for their return to the Lucerne Festival.

We are joined by a group of PSO patrons traveling along on this portion of the tour to experience the concerts firsthand. Manfred Honeck and members of the orchestra meet the group for dinner.

Violist Stephanie Tretick shows off the earrings she made for this leg of the tour.

Then it’s off to the KKL Luzern for rehearsal. This time we find guest concertmaster Alexi Kenney warming up on stage.

Anne-Sophie Mutter met us in Lucerne for another performance of the Dvorak Violin Concerto. Just one more collaboration left at the Enescu Festival!

KKL Luzern is a beautiful hall from any angle.

Camera operators test their positions for our Facebook Live broadcast of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6. The performance is archived for viewing HERE.

Principal oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida finds dear friend of the PSO Joanne Rogers in the hall before the concert.

The concert begins with Dvorak’s stirring Rusalka.

Manfred Honeck recognizes principal flute Lorna McGhee.

Manfred and Anne-Sophie share a laugh during intermission.

The brass and percussion sections perform during the Tchaikovsky.

Six cameras capture the performance during our live broadcast.

The Lucerne audience jumps to their feet with applause, and gets treated to not one but TWO encores.

The PSO stands in appreciation.

Trombone Jim Nova flashes a smile.

And just like that, we’re off for our final stop in Bucharest, Romania. Check back soon for a recap of concert number one at the Enescu Festival!

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