Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts Richard Strauss tone poems
PITTSBURGH – Manfred Honeck, a superb interpreter of Richard Strauss, this month conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in three of Strauss’ tone poems: Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.
The BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts also will feature the return of world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell to Heinz Hall.
The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $126, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Bell, a Grammy Award-winning violinist and Pittsburgh favorite, last performed at Heinz Hall in September 2008. He returns this time for an impassioned performance of Brahms‘ technivally-demanding Violin Concerto.
The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2011-2012 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the PSO. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the official automotive group of the PSO.
For more than two decades, Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. He came to national attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a recording contract further confirmed his presence in the music world. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions that have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” “Bell,” Gramophone stated simply, “is dazzling.”
A native of Austria, Manfred Honeck was appointed its ninth music director and began his tenure at the start of the 2008-2009 season. In February, he agreed to extend his contract through the 2019-2020 season. After performances at Carnegie Hall and a much-celebrated tour of European musical capitals in 2010, Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returned to Europe again in August and September 2011 for appearances at major music festivals, such as the Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Grafenegg Festival, Musikfest Berlin, Beethovenfest Bonn, Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms, and concerts in Paris and Vilnius, Lithuania. Honeck will again lead the orchestra in October-November on a tour of Europe, including a four-concert residency at the prestigious Musikverein in Vienna. Honeck’s successful work in Pittsburgh is captured on CD by the audiophile Japanese label Exton. So far, Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben have been released to critical acclaim.
The PSO is recording the Strauss tone poems for commercial release and, as a result, the order of performance will change each night. The program for each night is as follows:
Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Richard Strauss Don Juan, Opus 20 Richard Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Opus 24 [Death and Transfiguration] Intermission Johannes Brahms Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 77 Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Opus 28
Saturday, June 9, at 8 p.m. Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Opus 28 Richard Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Opus 24 [Death and Transfiguration] Intermission Johannes Brahms Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 77 Richard Strauss Don Juan, Opus 20
Sunday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. Richard Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Opus 24 [Death and Transfiguration] Richard Strauss Don Juan, Opus 20 Intermission Johannes Brahms Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 77 Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Opus 28
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