Pittsburgh Symphony on Tour

Jim Cunningham reports daily at 8:30 am and 5:30 pm from the PSO's domestic and international tours.

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A Report from Brussels - November 7, 2019 - Nov 8, 2019

Jim Cunningham caught up with some musicians and audience members from the concerts in Munich and Paris.  First he speaks with Principal Horn William Caballero and Principal Oboe Cynthia Koleda DeAlmeida in Munich to get their thoughts on the tour and the hall in Munich.  He then spoke with Dr. James Duggan, who's taken in several concerts on this tour.   Jim also spoke with Ulrich Hauschild, the Director of Music for the Bozar Centre in Brussels.  Finally, he interviewed several students from the American University of Paris, who saw the Orchestra perform at the Philharmonie.  

Dusseldorf, Germany - November 8, 2019 - Nov 8, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra just arrived in Dusseldorf, Germany when Jim Cunningham called in with his morning report.  The Orchestra performs the final concert from this long European Cities tour tonight at the Tonhalle.  Jim managed to chat with Principal Flute Lorna McGhee in the hotel lobby just as the musicians arrived.   Lorna spoke about the concert last night in Brussels and what she hopes to do today in Dusseldorf.

The Tour Finale in Dusseldorf - November 8, 2019 - Nov 8, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performed the final concert on this 2019 European Cities tour tonight in Dussldorf, Germany.  Manfred Honeck conducted Mason Bates' Ruserrexit and the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.  Igor Levit performed the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22.  After the concert, Jim Cunningham talked to Principal Trombonist Peter Sullivan, trombonist Jim Albrecht and violinist Jennifer Orchard in the hotel lobby.  Peter talks about sounds from the various concert halls on this tour, and Jennifer talks about getting around the cities on scooters.  Jim wraps up this final tour report with sincere thanks to everyone who made this tour possible, including Botkin Family Wealth Management, Thiel College, and the members of WQED-FM.  

Rhian Kenny in Brussels - November 7, 2019 - Nov 7, 2019

Jim Cunningham managed to catch Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Piccolo Rhian Kenny and her daughter in the lobby of their Brussels hotel.    Rhian talked about the concert they'll perform tonight at the Bozar Centre; the audience reactions to the Mason Bates piece; and what sightseeing they've done in Brussels.   

On the Bus to Brussels - November 6, 2019 - Nov 6, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony is in the home stretch of their 2019 European Cities tour.  After performing in Paris last night, the orchestra was traveling by bus to Brussels where they'll perform on Thursday night.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham called in and spoke with Robert Lauver, horn and Stephen Kostyniak, Associate Principal horn.  They talked about last night's concert in Paris - their debut at the new Philharmonie.  They spoke about having the audience surround them while they play and the size of the new building. 

An Evening in Brussels - November 6, 2019 - Nov 6, 2019

The members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra arrived safe and sound in Brussels, after their 5 hour bus ride from Paris.  Thursday night, the orchestra performs their next to last concert of this tour at the Bozar Centre for the Fine Arts with music of MacMillan, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff.  In this tour report Jim Cunningham spoke with violinists Alison Fujito and Ken Johnston about last night's concert in Paris; the hall; and what makes Matthias Goerne, who sang Lieder of Schubert and Strauss, such a special artist.

The PSO in Paris - November 5, 2019 - Nov 5, 2019

The Orchestra just arrived in Paris when Jim Cunningham filed his morning report.  He spoke with violinist Mark Huggins and horn Joseph Rounds about being in Paris, their excitement to play in the new hall there and their thoughts on the previous night's concert at the Concertgebouw.

After Concert Report from Paris - November 5, 2019 - Nov 5, 2019

Tonight, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra made their debut at the Philharmonie de Paris, performing Resurrexit by Mason Bates and the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.  Also, Matthias Goerne sang Lieder by Strauss and Schubert.   On his way to a post-concert reception, WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham called in from an elevator and chatted with musicians Michael Lipman and Marylene Gingras-Roy to get their thoughts on the concert.  He also spoke with long time WQED-FM helper Atoninette Tuma about the concert, who admitted her brother waved a Terrible Towel at the conclusion of tonight's concert!

Arrival in Munich - November 3, 2019 - Nov 4, 2019

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra arrived in Munich after a successful visit to Vienna, which included 2 performances at the Musikverein.  Jim Cunningham spoke with Zenas Hsu, guest concertmaster for the Pittsburgh Symphony tour, with with his wife, violinist Janny Joo.   He also spoke with Johannes Prinz, the Choir Director of the Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, Austria.  The Choir joined the orchestra for Brukner's Te Deum for th 2nd concert in Vienna.

On a Bus to Amsterdam - November 4, 2019 - Nov 4, 2019

Jim Cunningham calls in on the bus from Munich to Amsterdam.  The Orchestra played at the Gasteig in Munich Sunday night and were on their way to Amsterdam to perform at the Concertgebouw tonight.  Jim got some thoughts from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor Andres Franco; Victoria Luperi, Stephanie Tretick, and Jennifer Steele.  They all talk about the tour in general, the performance in Munich, and what they are looking forward to in the Netherlands.