Headlined by Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck, the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts will bring US premieres by major international performing and visual artists to Pittsburgh starting September 27th. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Vice President of Programming, Paul Organisak, gives QED's Anna Singer a preview.
PICT Interim Producing Artistic Director Alan Stanford talk about Nancy Harris' "The Kreutzer Sonata," based on Tolstoy novella about love, loss, and betrayal, inspired by and featuring Beethoven's sonata for violin and piano. Stanford and Giles also look ahead to the rest of the 2013 Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre season.
Guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier talks about his program including Elgar's tone poem "In the South (Alassio )" and Ravel's "Rapsodie espagnol" and recalls his own recent trip to southern Italy with his mother. Tortelier also talks about his relationship with the Pittsburgh Symphony and working with pianist Valentina Lisitsa on Grieg's Piano Concerto.
River City Brass General Director and conductor James Gourlay talks about his souvenir of the band's visit to Rome this week -- a brand new tuba. Gourlay is better known outside Pittsburgh as one of Europe's top tuba players. He tells QED's Ted Sohier about the final concert of this tour, and a coaching session for a local band that wants to hear and learn from these Pittsburgh players.
English violinist Nicola Benedetti returns to Heinz Hall to play the Tchaikovsky concerto, She talks about why she and audiences never tire of this piece, recalls her unforgettable first performance of the concerto, and about her latest CD, The Silver Violin, which takes Erich Wolfgang Korngold's music from the golden age of Hollywood as its inspiration.
Ted Sohier reports after the final concert of the tour to a standing-room only audience. Earlier in the day, General Director James Gourlay coached young Italian band students, much as he does on tours in the USA.