Attack Theatre joins with Pittsburgh Symphony musicians for The Soldiers Tale in a dance theater version of Stravinsky's 1918 Faustian fable, and invites Chatham Baroque to go electric in an original work scored by Dave Eggar. Co-Artistic Director Michele de la Reza shares details.
Giananadrea Noseda brings Alfredo Casella's Symphonic Fragments from "La Donna Serpente" to Heinz Hall to begin two weekends with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Noseda also diuscusses Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #5 as pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet makes his Pittsburgh debut, and the Symphony #2 by Schumann.
Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet gives an inside look at Prokofiev's 5th Piano Concerto, which he describes as a bizarre, cubist, kaleidoscopic treatment of its themes. Bavouzet compares this concerto to works by Debussy and Liszt. Bavouzet credits his early exposure to electronic music with giving him insights into the "parameters of sound." He also talks about his ongoing cycle of Haydn sonata recordings and future projects.
Conductor Gerard Schwarz leads the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs on Feb. 20. The Seattle Symphony Conductor Laureate talks about his audacious All-Star Orchestra in which top players, including PSO principals, come together for intense, unrehearsed performances before a large array of HD cameras for PBS. He also speaks about his commitments to American music, and music education for all.
Superstar soprano and Indiana, PA native Renee Fleming sings in Pittsburgh, fresh from her Super Bowl performance and the Met. Her recital on Feb. 18 at Carnegie Music Hall will feature some of the "Guilty Pleasures" from her CD of that title, ranging from Mozart & Handel to Rodgers & Hammerstein. In this interview recorded on Valentine's Day (her birthday) she talks about the opera "Bel Canto" based on the novel by her friend Ann Patchett, her PA roots, the Super Bowl, Chicago's Second City, her roles in the next Met Opera season, and more.
David Allen Wehr talks about Beethoven's Op. 30 violin sonatas and third cello sonata. Guests Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin; and Anne Martindale Williams, cello, join pianist and series director David Allen Wehr in Beethoven on the Bluff's season one finale on Feb. 16 at Duquesne University's PNC Recital Hall.