Hello from Lucerne, where the Pittsburgh Symphony has just arrived following a thrilling concert at the BBC Proms. The PSO’s Proms program included John Adam’s Lollapalooza, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and TWO encores. The unison clapping and stomping began the moment Maestro Honeck left the stage for his first bow!

The sold-out concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and can be heard HERE for the next month.

All photos © Todd Rosenberg 2017

We pick-up our journey in Grafenegg, bound for London. Time for one last drive through the Austrian countryside.

Violinist Sarah Clendenning helps out directing traffic at the airport.

Next stop, London!

PSO members spent their off-day in London getting inspired for the Proms. Scott Bell, Lorien Benet Hart, Rhian Kenny and family visit the famous Globe Theatre.

Cellist Anne Martindale Williams spends an afternoon at the Tate Modern.

Bassist Micah Howard peruses for vinyl.

Violist Marylene Gingras-Roy visits J & A Beare string shop to test instruments.

The next day it was off to Royal Albert Hall for rehearsal for the BBC Proms. Violinist Albert Tan warms up in one of the world’s most spectacular concert halls.

BBC Proms Director David Pickard welcomes the orchestra to the festival.

Manfred Honeck and the orchestra rehearse Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

Violinists Suzanne Park and Christopher Wu spot our intrepid photographer.

Microphones mean two things: live-broadcasts and recordings. Don’t forget to check out the PSO’s archived performance on BBC Radio 3.

Anne-Sophie Mutter enjoys a quiet moment after rehearsal.

“Prommers” line up for a chance at a standing-room ticket for the PSO’s concert.

And we’re off!

Anne-Sophie Mutter performs a stunning Dvorak Violin Concerto in a stunning dress.

Trumpets Charles Lirette, Neal Berntsen and Chad Winkler perform one of Mahler’s offstage fanfares.

Manfred Honeck recognizes the orchestra after a thrilling performance.

The orchestra stands following Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

An enthusiastic prommer shows his appreciation.

Trombone Pete Sullivan chats with the crowd. The Proms audience is notoriously friendly!

And just like that, we load out, bound for the Lucerne Festival, where our performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 will be broadcast live on Facebook.


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