Ted Sohier reports after the final concert of the tour to a standing-room only audience. Earlier in the day, General Director James Gourlay coached young Italian band students, much as he does on tours in the USA.
Ted Sohier reports on the morning after Pittsburgh's River City Brass inaugurated a new auditorium in a former slaughterhouse. Band members got a brief opportunity for sightseeing before boarding the bus to their Thursday night concert venue. Band member Sam Bucigrossi recounts his visit earlier this week to his family's ancestral home, an area that has a number of familiar Italian surnames to Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
Ted Sohier reflects on the visit to Rome, as the River City Brass heads for the final stop on its tour of Italy. He describes the daring way motorcycle and scooter riders weave through traffic, and lets us listen to a guest vocalist who sat in with the band from Pittsburgh. Some River City Brass players returned the favor by sitting in with her student band.
Meet American maestro Kazem Abdullah, making his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with works by Brahms, Hindemith, and Tchaikovsky. Coming from a non-musical midwestern family, Abdullah pursued a dual career as a clarinetist and conductor. He has completed his first year as General Music Director in Aachen, Germany, where legendary conductors Herbert von Karajan and Wolfgang Sawallisch previously held the job. He is an avid gardener in Aachen where his lemon tree, a gift, just bore its first fruit.
WQED's Ted Sohier reports live after the River City Brass inaugurates a new auditorium at one of Rome's three public Universities as part of the band's first tour in Europe. Ted meets a Pittsburgher in Rome, Chuck Bogosta, President of UPMC's International and Commercial Services division.
WQED-FM's Ted Sohier and the band have arrived in Rome for a concert in a new auditorium. Ted recorded last night's concert in Teramo, Italy and shares some hightlights.