Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck reacts to wining two Grammy Awards at the 60th ceremony in New York at Madison Square Garden January 28, 2018. The Shostakovich Fifth Symphony and Barber’s Adagio received the prize with nominations going to Detroit and Leonard Slatkin, San Francisco and Michael Tilson Thomas, The Cincinnati Symphony and Louis Langree and the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska. Maestro Honeck is on the phone from Chicago where he was guest conducting the Chicago Symphony in Mahler’s Fifth and Mozart’s 25th Concerto with Till Felner.
Pianist Kirill Gerstein arrived from Russia in Boston as the 14 year old youngest student ever at the Berklee School of Music at the invitation of vibraphone legend Gary Burton. Now he has two additional degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and teaches in Germany. He made his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in the same weekend but he had heard the orchestra on a tour stop in Stuttgart. He likes coffee and jazz and reflects on the psychiatrist who helped Rachmaninoff get out of his writers block.
The Times They Are a-Changin’ The Music of Bob Dylan will be heard in a world premiere with Steve Hackman conducting his arrangements of Bob Dylan and Matthew Mahaffey leading Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo and more with the Mendelssohn Choir at Mr. Smalls Theater January 25-28th in Millvale 400 Lincoln Avenue. Hear all about the program.
Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Flute Lorna McGhee has already been heard this season playing concertos by Mozart and Ibert with Manfred Honeck and Juanjo Mena. She gives us an overview of the flute weekend beginning with a memorial Tribute to her colleague Bernard Goldberg former Pittsburgh Symphony Principal January 27 1:30 at Heinz Hall and two master classes with William Bennett one on Sunday January 28 at 6pm at Duquesne University’s PNC Recital Hall and the other at Carnegie Mellon University in Alumni Concert Hall with a double session and dinner break from 3:30-5:30 and 6:30 to 8:30. All the event are free and you can come and go as you please. Lorna tells about the great flute flute hero Marcel Moyse and her teacher Mr. Bennett along with a few thoughts about Manfred Honeck in his 10th anniversary year.
Violinist and Director of Orchestral Activities at CMU Andres Cardenes joins his colleagues in the Diaz Trio for Chamber Music Pittsburgh on February 5 at Carnegie Music Hall for Mozart Schubert and Penderecki. On January 28 at 7:30 he will be in the audience at Carnegie Music Hall for the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic with guest conductor and pianist Ian Hobson playing the Beethoven First Piano Concerto and conducting the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto. Ian Hobson talks about his multiple interests and vast recorded catalogue and friendship of many years with the former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Andres Cardenes. Tickets for the CMU Philharmonic are $10. Seniors $5. Students free.
Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts the first of two Vienna Fest concerts featuring Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Till Fellner plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.