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Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Biography

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

For more than 117 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. With more than 36 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. The Pittsburgh Symphony was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.

The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recording and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International. The PRI series is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh and is made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

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Pittsburgh Symphony closes season magnificently

Manfred Honeck © Felix Broede
Manfred Honeck concluded the PSO’s season – his tenth as music director – with Emanuel Ax in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and a spectacular traversal of Berlioz’s Te Deum.
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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra shines in Lucerne

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony © Priska Ketterer | Lucerne Festival
A Tchaikovsky and Dvorak programme at the Lucerne festival featured star violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. 
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A concert of two halves from Pittsburgh Symphony

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A stuttering first half of Adams and Dvořák redeemed by a magical Mahler 1.
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Bělohlávek leads a triumphant Má vlast

Jiří Bělohlávek © Lloyd Smith
The Pittsburgh Symphony under Jiři Bělohlávek gave a rare performance of Smetana's complete cycle of tone poems.
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Faith, Death, and Mozart: the Pittsburgh Symphony at Spring For Music

Elizabeth DeShong © Dario Acosta
Innovative programming from Manfred Honeck mingles readings, music, and chant in memory of Mozart.
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