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Classical Musings
An eclectic look at music in Pittsburgh and beyond, by Andrew Druckenbrod.
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UPDATE 6/21/2010

This is now my official last post on Community Server!!! We will be shutting down all of our blogs sometime this month. Please update your bookmark/RSS feeds to the new site for Classical Musings!!! I want to keep all of you as readers and contributers...

Well, it seems that the community has become too toxic -- Community Server, that is. What am I talking about, you ask? Well, the platform/software we at the Post-Gazette have been using for our blogs has too lax of security or something and is constantly bombarded by viruses, spam and hackers -- enough that our administrators said 'no more.' We will now be moving to the platform software called "Joomla."

What does this mean to you? Well, it is a little annoying:

1) you need to replace the bookmark, RSS feed or favorite with the new site:

2) you need to register at the new site to give comments

3) you need to adjust your blogroll with the new address, if you have me on your blog roll.

Sorry, it is a big pain, I know, but it must be done.

 See you on the other side, er site!

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Read my post here.

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Please check out my new post, on the Pittsburgh Symphony's Beethoven Ninth from over the weekend!

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Check out updated blog here.

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Please read my blog post on the new platform here.

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I am finally on tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony on its 2010 European Tour, landing in Vienna today. Please read my new blog post on it here, at the new PG blog site for Classical Musings.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony is getting back to the way things used to go on tour when it toured with Mariss Jansons. Having a music director of top talent really makes all the difference The current European tour is landing the PSO rave after rave. Here's a pull quote from the Stuttgart Zeitung about the concert there earlier this past week:

"And even though Honeck's departure from Stuttgart is regrettable, the fact that he sees the chances of realizing his artistic ambitions as better in America is, given the quality of this orchestra, something one can understand. For the Pittsburgh musicians constitute a top orchestra, the equal of its famous rivals in Cleveland and New York."

More on this later in my customary recap of all the foreign press. Let's see if the trend continues in the big Viennese concerts upcoming. I will be there to confirm.

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A little back and forth here. I have a running, continually updated page for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2010 Tour of Europe but in case you haven't gone there, here is the latest report, from PSO violist Stephanie Tretick.Today (Wednesday) the PSO is in Frankfurt with a day off, with a concert tomorrow in that funky new building in Luxembourge.

Where am I you ask? For now, back in Pittsburgh. But I will be traveling in a few days to join the orchestra prior to the biggest concerts on tour, those in Vienna. So you will soon get reports and reviews from me on the ground with them.

I just phoned music director Manfred Honeck, who said he thought the PSO was playing fantastic and it has been invited back to every hall it has played so far. More on that in an upcoming article.

He also reminded me he has never taken his viseceral, old-Viennese styled interpretation of Mahler's Symhony No. 1 to Vienna (Mahler's homebase) and that got me excited. Here is an audience that really knows that piece and composer and I am eager to hear what they think of Honeck's unusual take...

More on the way in print and online...

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