The Pittsburgh Symphony is back in Pittsburgh preparing for the 2017 Gala with Lang Lang, but we still have two blog installments to share, chronicling our two concerts in Bucharest, Romania. Following a tremendous concert in Lucerne, Switzerland, the orchestra packed up and prepared to depart the next morning…or so we thought.

All photos © Todd Rosenberg 2017

The orchestra awakes to news that our charted plane has a mechanical issue and in still being repaired…in England.

Musicians take a train to the Zurich airport as they await the arrival of the repaired plane.

Cellist Misha Istomon uses his extra time at the airport to try out being a duty-free vodka


More than a few hours late, the orchestra boards the plane to Bucharest.

The buses are greeted by a police escort from the airport to the concert hall! We made it through Bucharest rush-hour in record time.

Arriving after the scheduled start, the orchestra rallies, has a bite to eat, puts on their concert dress, and is onstage within 45 minutes.

Harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen is the first one onstage to begin the tuning process.

A sold-out audience patiently waits to hear the PSO perform Dvorak’s Rusalka, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

The Sala Palatului is a stunning venue that holds over 4,000 patrons.

An animated Matthias Goerne perform’s Mahler with the orchestra. What a fantastic artistic partner!

After an adrenaline fueled performance, the orchestra rested up for their final performance of the 2017 European Festivals Tour the next evening.

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