Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Flute Lorna McGhee joins the chair of the effort to Save Our Symphony, Ali Gelormino now retired after teaching in Shaler Township for three decades, to talk over the plan for a benefit concert called "Starry Starry Night" at Rodef Shalom Temple on October 7th, 7pm at Levy Hall with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Lorna fills us in on the program which includes Claude Bolling and Vivaldi.
Pittsburgh Symphony Associate Conductor Andres Franco fills us in on the plans for his free concert celebrating Regional Asset Days October 3rd at Heinz Hall and his latest concerts.
Pianist David Allen Wehr holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne University. He introduces the third season of Schubert on the Bluff with guest composer Claude Debussy. The first concert is Tuesday September 26th but the programs continue through April 15th and two will be given in Foxburg Pa for the Allegheny Riverstone Arts Center. David plays the slow movement of the Schubert Sonata in c minor D. 958 in the studio on the Gibson Capital Management Steinway. Topics discussed include Schubert and Debussy’s romantic life and the special features of the upcoming season including violinist and former Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Noah Bendix Balgley now installed with the Berlin Philharmonic as concertmaster on Tuesday February 27 in the only date he had available this season for North American concerts.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about this weekend's Season Opening concerts with Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony, the Brahms Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff, and a new piece to honor Manfred Honeck's 10th Anniversary as Music Director by Boris Pigovat. Manfred also gives his feedback as to the authenticity of a Swiss folk music recording Jim plays for him!
The Enso String Quartet make their debut for Chamber Music Pittsburgh September 18, 2017 at Carnegie Music Hall. Violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Richard Belcher explain the name of the ensemble, fill us in on the history of the group, and introduce Ginastera, Pleyel and Puccini.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Gala concert is Saturday September 16th at Heinz Hall. Lang Lang is joined by 14 year old prodigy Maxim Lando to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, along with special arrangements of Saint-Saëns’s Aquarium from The Carnival of Animals, Bernstein’s America from West Side Story, and Tchaikovsky’s Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker. Music Director Manfred Honeck stopped by the QED Morning Show to talk about the Gala Concert, as well as to recap the orchestra's recently concluded European Festivals Tour.