Lauded as the Pittsburgh region’s international cultural ambassador, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Manfred Honeck, will make its 25th European tour this fall. Spanning nearly three weeks, the extensive tour will see the GRAMMY Award-winning orchestra and conductor travel across five countries where they will present 11 concerts in 10 cities. During the tour, the orchestra will be joined by several of the world’s most prestigious artists: pianists Lang Lang and Igor Levit, and baritone Matthias Goerne.

The tour will include several “firsts” for the artists and the programs:

  • The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Lang Lang will each make their debut at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany; Manfred Honeck and the orchestra will make their first appearance together at this hall.
  • The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will make its debut at the Philharmonie de Paris; Manfred Honeck and the orchestra will make their first appearance together at this hall.
  • Also, for the first time, Manfred Honeck and the orchestra will perform together in Amsterdam, at The Royal Concertgebouw.
  • For the first time, European audiences will hear live performances and European premieres of two Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s commissions:
    • Larghetto for Orchestra by James MacMillan, a commission by the orchestra in honor of the tenth anniversary of Manfred Honeck as Music Director, had its world premiere at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh in October 2017.
    • Resurrexit by Mason Bates was commissioned by the orchestra in celebration of Manfred Honeck’s 60th birthday and had its world premiere at Heinz Hall in September 2018. According to Bates, Honeck challenged him to write a “spiritual opener,” and so he “dreamed up a piece that animates the classic Resurrection narrative with propulsion and drama, rising from a biblical darkness into an exhilarating finale.”

A special pair of concerts will take place in Vienna, home to Manfred Honeck for his childhood and early career with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have built a close relationship with the Musikverein in Vienna, having performed there together in nine celebrated performances.

  • On October 31, Manfred Honeck and the orchestra will be joined by Igor Levit on a program that will feature the Bates Resurrexit, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a recording of which received two GRAMMYs in 2018 (Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Album).
  • In an evening dedicated to the brilliance of Bruckner, on November 1 Honeck and the orchestra will perform Bruckner’s haunting Symphony No. 9,  followed by his major sacred work, Te Deum, with Christina Landshamer, soprano, Gerhild Romberger, alto, Werner Güra, tenor, Florian Bösch, baritone and the Wiener Singverein choir.

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:
25th ANNIVERSARY EUROPEAN TOUR ITINERARY

25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 1
Friday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m.
ALTE OPER; FRANKFURT, GERMANY

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Igor Levit, piano

Program
MacMillanLarghetto for Orchestra
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 2
Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m.
ELBPHILHARMONIE; HAMBURG, GERMANY

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Lang Lang, piano

Program
BatesResurrexit
Mozart, Concerto No. 24 in C minor for Piano and Orch, K. 491
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 3
Monday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
KUPPELSAAL; HANNOVER, GERMANY

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Igor Levit, piano

Program
Mozart, Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major for Piano and Orch, K. 482
Bruckner, Symphony No. 9


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 4
Tuesday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m.
PHILHARMONIE; BERLIN, GERMANY

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Igor Levit, piano

Program
Mozart, Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major for Piano and Orch, K. 482
Bruckner, Symphony No. 9


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 5
Thursday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m.
MUSIKVEREIN; VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Igor Levit, piano

Program
BatesResurrexit
Mozart, Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major for Piano and Orch., K. 482
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 6
Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.
MUSIKVEREIN; VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Christina Landshamer, soprano
Gerhild Romberger, alto
Werner Güra, tenor
Florian Bösch, baritone
Wiener Singverein, choir

Program
Bruckner, Symphony No. 9
Bruckner, Te Deum


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 7
Sunday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.
GASTEIG, MUNICH, GERMANY

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Lang Lang, piano

Program
Mozart, Concerto No. 24 in C minor for Piano and Orch, K. 491
Bruckner, Symphony No. 9


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 8
Monday, November 4 at 8:15 p.m.
THE ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW; AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Igor Levit, piano

Program
MacMillanLarghetto for Orchestra
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 9
Tuesday, November 5 at 8:30 p.m.
PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS; PARIS, FRANCE
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Matthias Goerne, baritone

Program
BatesResurrexit
Strauss/Schubert, Selected Lieder
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 10
Thursday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m.
BOZAR CENTRE FOR FINE ARTS; BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Igor Levit, piano

Program
MacMillanLarghetto for Orchestra
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5


25th Anniversary European Tour: Concert 11
Friday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m.
TONHALLE; DUSSELDORF, GERMANY

Manfred Honeck, conductor
Igor Levit, piano

Program
BatesResurrexit
Mozart, Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major for Piano and Orch, K. 482
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5

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