Jim Cunningham meets the young Austrian percussion wizard Martin Grubinger, who talks about his chosen encores at the Lucerne and Beethoven Festivals, and about his work at age 6 with PSO maestro Manfred Honeck. By the Rhine river, with coal barges in the background, Jim gets comments from PSO violinist Laura Motchalov, and "extra" percussionist Mike McConnell.
Washington, PA native Paul Jacobs performs a concert at the Stambaugh Auditorium on Sunday September 22nd at 3pm. Paul talked to WQED-FM's Bryan Sejvar about the concert; how he got interested in classical music and the organ; what goes into making a recital program; and his plans for the upcoming performance season.
Jim Cunningham reports via Skype on Friday's activities during the orchestra's day off in Bonn. He is joined by PSO Assistant Principal Second Violinist Dennis O'Boyle and "extra" violinist Rachel Stegeman.
Jim Cunningham reports on the PSO's second concert at the Lucerne Festival. Brass players Neal Berntsen and Alberto Suarez share their perspectives, as do music director Manfred Honeck and Lucerne Festival director Michael Haefliger. Jim also meets Angela Rosengart, a family friend of and occasional model for Pablo Picasso.
A percussion concerto, Ravel's precisely rhythmic Bolero and fiery Bolero made for great concerts at both the Lucerne and Beethoven Festivals. Jim Cunningham reports from Bonn with Mildred Myers, board member of both the Pittsburgh Symphony and WQED, who has witnessed several concerts on this tour. In excerpts from the Swiss Radio 2 broadcast, you'll hear a few seconds of Martin Grubinger's encore at the Lucerne Festival, and clips from Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole and Bolero.
Jim Cunningham's complete interview with superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter at the Lucerne Festival. Mutter talks about her collaboration with Honeck and the PSO, her new Dvorak CD with Honeck and the Berlin Philharmonic, and news of her former husband, Andre Previn.