PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck to Replace Guest Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi in November Program

Guest Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi has cancelled his appearance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on November 3 – 5, 2017. Music Director Manfred Honeck will step in to lead the Orchestra.

Although the healing has gone well from a fall he suffered earlier this year, Mo. von Dohnányi has been told by his doctors that he will need further strengthening and physical therapy before he can resume traveling and conducting. The hope is that he will be back on the podium in Europe after the first of the year, but he has had to cancel his tour of five U.S. orchestras this November/December.

Because of this change, Mo. Honeck will be conducting a revised program. Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta will be replaced with Mozart’s Concerto in C major for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, a piece that hasn’t been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1984. PSO Principal Flute Lorna McGhee and PSO Harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen will be the soloists.

The revised program is below:

MOZART:  Concerto in C major for Flute, Harp and Orchestra

Lorna McGhee, flute

Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp


SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 “The Great”

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