The Pittsburgh Symphony brings the Pittsburgh sound to Europe with a 10-city European tour this fall.
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.”