The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returned to the Auditorium Grafenegg on Friday for a second concert at the Grafenegg Festival. This concert’s soloist was none other than Manfred Honeck’s brother, Rainer Honeck, concertmaster of the nearby Vienna Philharmonic. Needless to say, there was a large contingent of Honeck family members in the audience! The program included John Adam’s rollicking Lollapalooza, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, and our first performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 on the tour.

All photos © Todd Rosenberg 2017

The rain from Thursday continues as the orchestra heads to rehearsal.

Violinist Marta Krechkovsky warms up amid the seats.

Meanwhile, principal percussionist Andy Reamer reviews the score for John Adams’ The Chairman Dances, a piece coming up on our 2017-18 Gala.

Another hall, another great shot of associate concertmaster Mark Huggins warming up!

A birds-eye-view of the orchestra rehearsing Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

Rainer Honeck rehearses with the orchestra.

Timpanist Ed Stephan warms up backstage.

The trumpet section tests locations for Mahler’s offstage fanfares.

Cellist David Premo takes the stage.

Rainer and Manfred perform together. Pittsburgh audiences may remember Rainer’s debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony performing the Britten Violin Concerto several years ago.

The happy brothers following their performance.

Principal bass Jeff Turner makes the bass solo in Mahler Symphony No. 1 sound easy.

The horn section rises for Mahler’s finale.

Bells up!

Action shot!

The crowd rises after a glorious Mahler and two encores. Unison clapping followed!

And just like that, we’re on the road again. Next stop, London for the BBC Proms!

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