The Pittsburgh Symphony just announced the full details of its late summer, early fall tour to Europe. It is essentially to places it has gone to many times (The PSO played Lucerne, Bonn, Berlin and London in 2011), with the exception of a concert in Romania. Here is the press release:
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) today announced that Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the PSO on a 12-concert European Festivals Tour from Aug. 26 to Sept. 15, 2013.The tour will take the orchestra to Austria, Germany, Romania, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The tour opens at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, where Honeck will lead the PSO in two concerts on Aug. 29 & 30. The PSO performed in Grafenegg for the first time in September 2011. The PSO will next perform at the popular Berlin Festival on Aug. 31, before traveling to Bucharest, Romania, to debut at the George Enescu International Festival on Sept. 3.The orchestra will perform in Paris (Sept. 6), and Dusseldorf (Sept. 7) and Frankfurt, Germany (Sept. 8) before traveling to Switzerland for two concerts at the Lucerne Festival on Sept. 10 & 11. The tour concludes with concerts at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany, on Sept. 12 & 14. An additional concert in the United Kingdom will be announced at a later date.
The PSO performed in Lucerne, Bonn, Berlin and London in 2011.
Famed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will appear with the PSO in Grafenegg, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Lucerne, while piano virtuoso Yuja Wang will be in Grafenegg, Bucharest, Paris, Dusseldorf and Bonn. Percussionist Martin Grubinger will be the guest soloist at the PSO performances in Lucerne on Sept. 11, and Bonn on Sept. 14.The tour program will feature Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben, Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, a suite from Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa, Ravel's Bolero and Rapsodie Espagnole, and Witold Lutoslawski's Chain 2 for Violin and Orchestra. Mutter will perform Dvořák's Violin Concerto; Wang will play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. Grubinger is scheduled to be the guest soloist when the PSO performs John Corigliano's "Conjurer" concerto.