Pittsburgh Sym announces season

Posted on: February 3, 2009

In Sunday’s (2/1) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Andrew Druckenbrod writes, “ ‘Salieri’ will be on hand for a special performance of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ that will be one of the highlights of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2009-10 season. While most performances of the famous funeral Mass incorporate versions completed after Mozart’s death, music director Manfred Honeck will use only the composer’s music but will intersperse it with other works by the composer, including a Gregorian chant and letters he wrote. F. Murray Abraham, the actor who famously portrayed Antonio Salieri in the film ‘Amadeus,’ will read the letters.” The season features much music from Honeck’s home town of Vienna, and a cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies gets underway in April. “The orchestra will get the perfect start for the cycle when it breathes in the air of the composer’s birthplace of Bonn. It will perform there in the Beethoven Festival as part of the first European tour with Honeck. Other stops include closing the prestigious Lucerne Festival and a performance in Essen, Germany. Honeck also will take the PSO to New York’s Carnegie Hall, with star violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter playing the Brahms Violin Concerto, and hopes to have the violinist on a later tour to the Musikverein, Vienna, where the PSO has been invited to play in 2010.”