Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Honeck Will Conduct His Brother in 2014-15 Season

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Honeck Will Conduct His Brother in 2014-15 Season

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During its 2014-15 season, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will keep it in the family -- in one case, literally.

The orchestra's upcoming season, announced today, features more than a dozen PSO musicians as soloists; the return of Mason Bates as composer-of-the-year; and a performance by music director Manfred Honeck's brother Rainer Honeck, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Several internationally renowned musicians will come back to Heinz Hall, such as pianist Valentina Lisitsa performing Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" during opening weekend, Sept. 19-21; violinist Christian Tetzlaff on Beethoven's Violin Concerto on June 5-7, 2015; pianist Yefim Bronfman on Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 during closing weekend, June 12-14, 2015; and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter at the PSO gala on Sept. 13.

Soloists from the PSO's own ranks are concertmaster Noah Bendix- Balgley, oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, bassoonist Nancy E. Goeres, violist Randolph E. Kelly, flutist Lorna McGhee, bassists John Moore and Jeffrey Turner, cellists David Premo and Anne Martindale Williams, violinist Jennifer Ross and the PSO horn section.

Many of these guests "play everywhere, with every great orchestra, but we also want to celebrate our own symphony orchestra members," said Mr. Honeck, who will conduct 10 of 20 subscription weekends.

Returning conductors include Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducting a Spanish-themed weekend on Oct. 10-12; Yan Pascal Tortelier conducting Nielsen's Flute Concerto (with Ms. McGhee) and Scriabin's Symphony No. 4 ("The Poem of Ecstasy"), among other works, on Oct. 24 and 26; and Michael Francis leading Mr. Bates' "Alternative Energy," Jake Heggie's "The Work at Hand" (with Ms. Williams and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton) and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, which the conductor will discuss during a "Behind the Notes" presentation on May 16, 2015.

Mr. Bates will do another stint as the orchestra's resident composer, a position he held during the 2012-13 season. The symphony will play four of his works, including three PSO premieres, throughout the season.

"He has the talent to connect with people so deeply, especially young people," said Mr. …

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