The program for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's concert closing the prestigious Lucerne Festival September 18 will be a traditional one, further playing into my theory about how the PSO can best brand itself to Europe under music director Manfred Honeck.
Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova (right) will perform Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with Weber's Overture to "Der Freischutz" opening and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 closing the concert.
It should be an excellent evening; the PSO musicians will be up to showing their stuff in what is probably the most highly regarded orchestra festival in the world, and the Lucerne Concert Hall has astounding acoustics, if I remember right from my last visit there.
Plus, Honeck, who lives just a few hours away in Western Austria, will be extra-motivated to introduce his American orchestra to his friends and colleagues. If you are interested in attending and can make it work, get tickets soon, as I think they will go very quickly.