Violinist Andrew Fouts reveals the plan for the Jubilant Season the concerts to be given by Chatham baroque December 15,16,17 in Millvale, Shadyside and at Chatham University with special guest artists.
Thierry Fisher has been Music Director of the Utah Symphony since 2009. He was born in Rhodesia to Swiss parents and has conducted around the globe and served as principal Flute for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He’s made a wide ranging catalog of recordings but has not yet made it to Heinz Hall. That may change as he suggested in his conversation about the new recording of Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony on the Reference label with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Mckeesport born pianist Byron Janis has a new cd out with a recital recorded in Leningrad in 1960 without his knowledge. Byron remembers the cold war tension that surrounded his visit and working with Aaron Copland to prepare the Sonata he played in Russia. Byron, now almost 90, remembers his Pittsburgh connections, playing the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1964 in the middle east, Colfax School in Squirrel Hill, the Syria Mosque with Lorin Maazel and Vladimir Horowitz and much more.
Former Pittsburgh Opera Music Director John Mauceri has a new book out Maestros and Their Music the Art and Alchemy of Conducting. He mentions Pittsburgh Opera several times in the book with his experiences there including a memory of a director who told him how the glass harmonica should go in the mad scene of Lucia di Lammermoor. John recalls his teen age visit to Birgit Nilsson’s dressing room where she was watching Truth or Consequences, the meeting of Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein in Salzburg, his flight on the Concorde with Paul McCartney, conducting for lady Diana and Prince Charles and much more.
Christmas in East Liberty brings together the East Liberty Presbyterian choir with the Director of Music at the church organist Dr. Edward Alan Moore and the Brass Roots for holiday favorites Friday December 15 at 7:30. Jim Cunningham narrates the Anthony DiLorenzo ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Brass Roots trumpet and co-founder David Gardner joins Abby Langhorst percussionist with the ensemble and Ed Moore.
Sam Helfrich talks about the staging he's designed for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's performances of Haydn's "The Creation" this weekend at Heinz Hall.