Thursday, March 01, 2007

SHOW US THE AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAMMING!! (Will Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Honor Its 250 Year-Old American Classical Musical Heritage?)

"Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary will get plenty of commemoration next year, but the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is going to celebrate overseas. Yesterday, it announced its Pittsburgh 250 Ambassador Tour of Europe, a three-week affair starting in January.

"The Pittsburgh Symphony is excited to return to our touring roots, visiting, performing and representing our city in important cultural capitals throughout Europe," said Larry Tamburri, PSO president. The orchestra will be accompanied by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to promote the Pittsburgh region to international corporations.

The orchestra will perform 13 concerts in six countries, six conducted by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and the others by the PSO's endowed guest conductor chair Marek Janowski.

Frubeck's leg will be entirely within his native Spain. He will take a program of excerpts from Wagner's operas "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg" and "Tristan und Isolde" as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. ...

Janowski will conduct programs highlighted by Brahms' Violin Concerto, performed by violinist Leonidas Kavakos; Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, performed by pianist Nikolai Lugansky; and Brahm's Third and Fourth symphonies.

... Two other concerts of note include a return to Vienna, Austria, but to the Konzerthaus, not the Musikverein, and a stop in Pittsburgh's sister city, Zagreb, Croatia [European Capital of Culture 3000]."

Andrew Druckenbrod "PSO to celebrate city's 250th birthday with European tour" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 1, 2007

Central City of Zagreb, Croatia [Future European Union.]

Photo credit: National Tourist Board of Croatia. With thanks.


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