Manfred Honeck, conductor; Orion Weiss, piano; Vienna State Opera Concert Choir, Taiwan National Experimental Chorus, National Sun Yat-sen University Women's Chorus and Kaohsiung Medical University Singers; vocal soloists.
• May 14: National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing. Rouse's "Rapture," Strauss' "Tod und Verklarung" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
• May 15: National Centre for the Performing Arts. Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor," and Mahler's Symphony No. 1.
• May 16: Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor" and Symphony No. 7.
• May 20: Main Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 9, "Choral," fourth movement.
The Shanghai Oriental Arts Center is an architectural marvel, with a flower-blossom shape when viewed from above and tall glass-panel walls seen from below.
Once banned, Western classical music explodes in popularity among Chinese. [6-3-28]
Wrap-up of the PSO's Asia tour, including reviews from China and Taiwan. [6-3-09]
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- The Pittsburgh Symphony performed in the grand opening concert for the futureistic Main Stadium in Kaohsiuing, Taiwan, with 40,000 Taiwanese looking on. [5-21-09]
KAOHSUING, Taiwan -- Sometimes you don't realize how hard you have been running until you stop and catch a breath. That was the case with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's touchdown here in Taiwan, and the breath was more a sigh of relief. [5-22-09]
SHANGHAI -- The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra was held in the warm embrace of a city Saturday night, when the people of Shanghai wouldn't let the orchestra off the stage. [5-18-09]
BEIJING -- The Pittsburgh Symphony's concerts in mainland China on this Asia tour have special meaning for four members of the orchestra -- assistant concertmaster Hong-Guang Jia, cellist Chang Zheng (Adam) Liu, violinist Rui-Tong Wang and violist Meng Wang. All were born here. [5-18-09]
BEIJING -- Negotiation is so central to Chinese life, one almost begins to think that is what the yin and yang are really doing. [5-16-09]
Violinst Christopher Wu (left) and concertmaster Andres Cardenes warming up with other members of the Pittsburgh Symphony at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
BEIJING -- By rights, there should be pieces of the National Centre for the Performing Arts lying all around the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra after this concert. [5-15-09]
On tours abroad, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra always takes a day off after the initial leg of travel to get acclimated to the new environment and to shake off jet lag. The musicians practice to keep the chops limber, but after that, it is off to see the sights. On this Asian tour, that meant first visiting the Great Wall of China. [5-15-09]
It has been 22 years since the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra traveled to China, but its upcoming concert tour to the mainland and Taiwan is more about the future of the orchestra -- and of classical music -- than its past. [5-10-09]