|May 16th, 2009 19:30 (Sat.)
|Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Concert Hall
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Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Piano: Orion Weiss
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73, Emperor (Piano: Orion Weiss)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
For more than 100 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The PSO prides itself in artistic excellence, a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region, and the cultivation of its family of constituents and households. Artistic Advisor Sir Andrew Davis, along with Principal Guest Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier and Endowed Guest Conductor Chair Marek Janowski begin the 2007-08 Season leading the PSO under this historically innovative leadership model. With great enthusiasm this Artistic Leadership Team will pass the baton, as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra welcomes to the podium Music Director Manfred Honeck in September 2008.
Heading the list of internationally recognized conductors is Victor Herbert, Music Director between 1898 and 1904, who influenced the initial development of the PSO. Preceding Herbert was Frederic Archer (1896-1899), the first Pittsburgh Orchestra Conductor. Critical to the Orchestra’s solidification as an American institution in the late 1930s was Maestro Otto Klemperer. Conductors prior to Mr. Klemperer were Emil Paur (1904-1910), Elias Breeskin (1926-1930) and Antonio Modarelli (1930-1937). From 1938 to 1948 the Orchestra embarked on a new phase of its history, taking its first foreign tour and making its first commercial recording under the dynamic directorship of Fritz Reiner.
The PSO’s high standard of excellence was maintained and enhanced through the inspired leadership of William Steinberg during his quarter-century as Music Director between 1952 and 1976. André Previn (1976-1984) led the Orchestra to new heights through tours, recordings and television, including the PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” Lorin Maazel began in 1984 as Music Consultant but later served as Music Director from 1988-1996, molding the PSO into one of the finest orchestras in the world. As Music Director from 1997-2004, Mariss Jansons furthered the artistic growth of the orchestra.
250 Ambassador Tour. Touring 13 cities in Europe, the PSO will be accompanied by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development which will promote the Pittsburgh region to international corporations. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s ranking as a world-class orchestra, earned critical acclaim for each tour abroad beginning in the early 1900s. Beginning with a 1947 appearance in Mexico, the 30 international tours include 17 European tours, seven trips to the Far East and two to South America. The Far East Tour in 2002 marked first-time concerts for the Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur and Australia. Reaching a global audience, the PSO
became the first American orchestra to perform for the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in January 2004—part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration, helping to spread a lifelong message of unity among all faiths.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra also enjoys an equally distinguished record of domestic tours, which over the years have showcased the orchestra in all of America’s major cities and music centers, including annual performances at Carnegie Hall in New York. In recent seasons, the PSO has toured Florida, the Midwest and the West Coast.
The PSO has achieved a long and illustrious reputation for its recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the PSO has been broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through its series of network radio broadcasts by Public Radio International, produced by WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh.
Starting with the release of its first commercial recording in 1941, the PSO has made hundreds of critically acclaimed recordings. They are available on the PentaTone, EMI, Angel, CBS, Philips, MCA, New World, Nonesuch, Sony Classical and Telarc labels. The orchestra with Lorin Maazel conducting and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, won a 1992 Grammy Award for a Sony Classical disc featuring works by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Cinema Serenade, a CD with John Williams conducting and Itzhak Perlman performing celebrated film scores, reached No. 1 on the Billboard crossover chart. The PSO’s newest recording is its first with Endowed Guest Conductor Chair Marek Janowski on the PentaTone label, live in 5-channel surround sound. The three-disc set will include Johannes Brahms’ four symphonies, as well as Variations on a Theme by Haydn, and eight Hungarian Dances (orchestrated by Brahms and Dvorák). Some of these works were performed in the 2006-2007 Season and the remaining works are to be performed over two concert weekends in the 2007-2008 Season. The first of these recordings is to be released in August 2007, with subsequent recordings in the beginning of 2008.
At home in historic Heinz Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra offers sought-after subscription concerts including 22 weeks of classical concerts annually, a Pops series of seven weekends, and the Fiddlesticks Family Concert series featuring the feline “Ambassador to Children.” Numerous community engagement and partnership concerts are performed throughout Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. The PSO also performs free, educational concerts in Heinz Hall for students, and summer concerts in Allegheny County parks. In 2007, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra became the first orchestra to receive both the Bank of America and MetLife Awards for Excellence in Orchestra Education.
Drawing upon musicians from five continents and music schools throughout the world, the PSO and its growing family expresses great diversity and an immense appreciation of excellent music. Today the Pittsburgh Symphony remains among the world’s top orchestras, and has even been named by some as the “Greatest American Orchestra.”
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director
Manfred Honeck was born in Austria and studied music at the Academy of Music in Vienna. An accomplished violinist and violist, Honeck spent more than 10 years as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. It is this experience that heavily influenced his conducting and helped give it a distinctive stamp.
Honeck commenced his conducting career as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House from 1991 - 1996, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award in 1993.
In 1996, Manfred Honeck began a three-year stint as one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, and in 1997, he served as Music Director at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo for a year. A highly successful tour of Europe with the Oslo Philharmonic marked the beginning of a close collaboration with this orchestra, which consequently appointed him Principal Guest Conductor, a post he held from 1998-2004.
From 2000 to 2006 he was Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in 2007, Manfred Honeck assumed his post as Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Beginning in September 2008, Honeck becomes the Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague. In January 2007, after several highly successful guest appearances leading the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed its ninth Music Director, and eagerly begins this position at the start of the 2008-2009 season.
As a guest conductor, Manfred Honeck has worked with such major international orchestras as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Czech Philharmonic, and the Vienna Philharmonic in Europe, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.
In addition to his post at the Stuttgart Opera, other operatic engagements have led Honeck to guest conduct the Semperoper in Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels and Royal Opera of Copenhagen, as well as the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival. He appears regularly at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, where he is scheduled to lead a concert performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with an international cast in 2009. Honeck has also been Artistic Director of the "International Concerts Wolfegg" summer music series in Germany for more than fifteen years.
Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators in his generation of young American musicians. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him acclaim from audiences, critics and colleagues in a wide range of repertoire and formats. At age 26, he continues to demonstrate his gift for communication across boundaries of style and setting.
The summer of 2008 saw Mr. Weiss perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of his 2008-2009 season include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony. In spring 2008, he released his debut recording, a recital disc for Yarlung Records including works of Bach, Mozart, Scriabin, and Carter.
In the past three seasons, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. He has also appeared with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Phoenix, Rochester, Memphis, Albany, Annapolis, Louisville, and Omaha, as well as the Minnesota Orchestra, Pacific Symphony and Oregon Symphony, among others. He toured the US with the Orchester der Klangverwaltung Munich in October 2007. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.
A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Mr. Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly. Other teachers include Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Mr. Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours' notice, Mr. Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October 1999. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.