Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about his weekend with Yo-Yo Ma and Yuho Pohjonen playing Beethoven, plus an honor he received for this 10th Anniversary, as well as how nice it is to have his son Simeon and his wife Christiane in town. He also describes the joy of working with Emanuel Ax and presenting the Berlioz Te Deum with two choirs, organ and soloist for the first time ever to wrap up the Mellon Grand Classics Season June 15th through 17th at Heinz Hall.
Yo-Yo Ma talks with Jim Cunningham about his Saturday June 9th, 2018 concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto. He mentions his years of work with the orchestra and remembers his friendship with Fred Rogers plus he shares his thoughts about a trip to Braddock Pa as part of the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America project.
Paul Cosentino, clarinet soloist and founder of the Boilermaker Five band reveals the plan to refurbish instruments and put them in the hands of aspiring musicians with a concert to celebrate in East Liberty’s Ace Hotel. The collection starts at 2pm Friday June 8 with help from the D’Addario Foundation and Hungry For Music partnering with Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation. Paul details the history of the Boilermakers with a catalog of 12 cds and thousands of performances including several fundraisers at WQED-FM. Paul includes in the discussion his cd Slipped Disc which celebrates the record of the same name by Benny Goodman and gives us a sneak preview of the new cd on the way.
Cristina Pato, bagpipe soloist with the Silk Road Ensemble, discusses her concert with her own ensemble for the Just Summer series of Chamber Music Pittsburgh.
Reduced Shakespeare Company returns for Shakespeare’s recently discovered Long Lost First Play (abridged) found in a parking lot in Leicester England near a pile of old bones. Reduced from it’s original running time of over one hundred hours, it touches on many of Shakespeare’s most well-known themes whether he ever existed or not. Founding members of the company. Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin. remember the famous performance the company gave at 35,000 feet and their reduction of Wagner’s Ring cycle to under 30 minutes and suggest several good reasons why you should not miss their visit to Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Pittsburgh Symphony Resident Conductor Andres Franco updates us some of his summer concerts including the May 31st concert in Wilkinsburg.