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Concert Blog: Deftly Extrapolating the Magic of the Exhibition

Concert Blog: Deftly Extrapolating the Magic of the Exhibition

Sometimes it seems like musicians, or experts in any field, are riding on the spur of the moment. In reality it is us, the audience, who canter into the orchestra hall with high expectations and are riding toward an emotional crescendo when the concert begins. […]

Concert Blog: Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

Concert Blog: Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

I first saw The Graduate when I was 17, 25 years after it made “Plastics” a catchphrase for the 1960s zeitgeist. I loved the movie. I loved Mrs. Robinson’s elegant cynicism, Benjamin’s dumbfounded naivete and Elaine’s sweet nonchalance. I most loved the movie for the […]

Concert Blog: Mozart in Pittsburgh with Valčuha and Piemontesi

Concert Blog: Mozart in Pittsburgh with Valčuha and Piemontesi

I begin with a poem written while intently listening to “The Moldau” from Ma Vlast by Smetana. I was surprised that my friend had not heard this composition before. He listens to classical music (perhaps not enough), and his father was born in Hungary, close […]

Concert Blog: Debut conductor Lahav Shani shines

Concert Blog: Debut conductor Lahav Shani shines

Last weekend the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presented to us an as-yet unfamiliar name in the classical music world — 27-year-old Israeli conductor Lahav Shani. Shani, who is the in­com­ing prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor of the Vi­enna Sym­phony Orches­tra and the succeeding main con­duc­tor of the Rot­ter­dam Phil­har­monic, […]

Community Stories Blog: Ann Donahue

Community Stories Blog: Ann Donahue

With eight children and 35 (and one more on the way!) grandchildren – plus a sprawling extended family with whom she is very close, Ann Donahue (pronounced Done-a-WHO) may not seem like someone who has much “spare time.” Indeed, Donahue cites faith and family as […]

Concert Blog: It takes a Heinz Hall village

Concert Blog: It takes a Heinz Hall village

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js It has been a while since we have been here, and we miss our once much more frequent outings to Heinz Hall and the PIttsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The occasion today actually was not the Pittsburgh Symphony, but the young artists who were there for […]

Concert Blog: I Know You, We’ve Met Before

Concert Blog: I Know You, We’ve Met Before

Meet the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 100+ of the finest musicians with skills beyond compare. Tonight they are assembled before us, getting ready to play three selections old and new. They amble in one by one, and begin to warm up. As I approach my seat […]

Concert Blog: Midori with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Concert Blog: Midori with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Traveling to Pittsburgh to attend a concert filled with classical music is always like a journey through a magical world filled with spellbinding musical concoctions vividly unwinding before my ears. This evening was no exception, my rendezvous with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manfred […]

Community Stories Blog: Millie Ryan

Community Stories Blog: Millie Ryan

Moments as magnificent as experiencing a symphony are not possible without people as magnificent as Millie Ryan. Ryan, current vice president of fund development and orchestra appreciation co-chair for the Pittsburgh Symphony Association (PSA), a volunteer organization committed to the support of the Pittsburgh Symphony […]

Concert Blog: Conducts with the Blood

Concert Blog: Conducts with the Blood

I wanted to be prepared for my evening at the symphony. First I listened to several versions of the Sibelius 5. Then I went to the official website for the Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, chief conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, and guest conductor for this […]