The Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh Thomas W. Douglas runs down the details of the new season for 2018 with concerts devoted to Leonard Bernstein, Bach and the Beatles—Rock Stars all! Plus he puts in a good word for WQED-FM.
It’s intermission time at Heinz Hall on opening night with a live WQED-FM broadcast and guest violinist Pinchas Zuckerman heard in the Bruch g minor Concerto and just after he played Happy Birthday for Manfred Honeck, the Music Director speaks as does composer Mason Bates with a first reaction to the world premiere of Resurrexit his new commission, the President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Melia Tourangeau has a few opening night observations and chooses some don’t miss concerts.
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili has won praise around the world with several cds on Deutsche Gramophon including her latest Visions of Prokofiev with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The Violin Concertos 1 and 2 appear along with the Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, the Grand Waltz from Cinderella and the Grand march from The Love for Three Oranges arranged by her father Tamas Batiashvili. The Times of London said she is “outstanding even among the many fine violinists of her generation” The Boston Globe wrote of her “Poise, tonal beauty and cool virtuosity”
Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck recaps opening weekend and looks forward to the celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary and the premiere of the Jeremiah Symphony No 1 in 1944 at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh. The debut concert will be presented at Heinz Hall Friday October 5 and Sunday October 7th with soloist Jennifer Johnson Cano, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No 3 , Haydn’s 88th Symphony and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Maestro Honeck remembers his conversation with Leonard Bernstein when as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic viola section he asked for Bernstein’s advice about his conducting career.
Post Gazette and KDKA-TV Senior Theater Critic Chris Rawson goes Off the Record to let you know how to help the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank by attending Off The Record XVIII #Yinz Too - Thursday October 4 at the Byham Theater. All the scoop that's fit to share about former Post Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers, how Stormy Daniels gets into the act with a full satirical analysis of the relationships between men and women. Ken Rice emcees with Jeff Bezos and the Amazon bid too. 6:30 for pre show festivity. 8pm curtain.
Flavio Chamis, Brazilian composer and conductor who worked with Leonard Bernstein studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, Israel fills us in on Not Alone: The Concert For Jack taking place Sunday September 30, 7pm at Campbell Memorial Chapel with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pauline Rovkah, piano and poets Philip Terman and Sheryl St. Germain, the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet and Shari Novelis from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It’s a celebratin of Jack’s life who is connected to the Pittsburgh Symphony family through Peter Altobelli, retired horn. Tchaikovsky, Reinecke, Lennon and McCartney, Ennio Morricone, Franz Strauss, Dvorak, Boccherini, Albeniz, Grieg, Bartok and more on the program. The concert hopes to raise awareness of how to help those who struggle with depression.