Pittsburgh Symphony 2021-22: contemporary composers, Beethoven, community concerts, principal pops conductor Byron Stripling

Posted on: June 25, 2021

“In September, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, along with music director Manfred Honeck, finally returns to live performances” in Heinz Hall, writes Jeremy Reynolds in Thursday’s (6/24) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Honeck … will lead the orchestra in new music by Pittsburgh’s own Reza Vali, as well as Michael Daugherty, David Ludwig, Gloria Isabel Ramos Triano and a new symphonic suite from Puccini’s ‘Turandot,’ arranged by Honeck and guitarist Tomas Ille…. The six-concert PNC Pops Series kicks off in October with principal pops conductor and trumpeter Byron Stripling…. Community and educational concerts are returning at spaces like Manchester Craftsman’s Guild and the Carnegie Libraries…. The orchestra [will] perform all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies … in the space of a single week in April 2022…. Members of the PSO will perform all 16 of Beethoven’s string quartets free of charge in Carnegie libraries around the city…. Several programs will feature PSO home team members as soloists, including clarinetists Michael Rusinek and Ron Samuels and bassoonists Nancy Goeres and Philip Pandolfi for a world premiere performance of David Ludwig’s Concerto for Two Clarinets and Two Bassoons, a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra commission…. The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will [perform] Dvořák’s rarely heard ‘Te Deum.’ ”