Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will go on an extensive European tour in October and November 2019, with 11 concerts in 10 cities and 5 countries, including the Philharmonie Berlin, Cité de la Musique Paris, Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich and a residence at the Vienna Musikverein. Soloists of the tour are the renowned musicians Lang Lang and Igor Levit as well as the baritone Matthias Goerne.
While nicknamed “Steel City, Pittsburgh today is a world leader in technology, medicine, higher education and the arts. It is a city that has reinvented itself with a vibrant cultural scene centered around Heinz Hall, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as the region's international cultural ambassador. The Pittsburgh Symphony has developed a unique Pittsburgh sound through decades of musical refinement, with its music directors over the past decades including Mariss Jansons, William Steinberg, André Previn and Lorin Maazel, and will perform for the first time under the direction of its Music Director since 2008, Manfred Honeck, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonie de Paris and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
The programme includes two European premieres of works commissioned by the PSO: Larghetto for orchestra by James MacMillan was premiered at the Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh in October 2017 during the celebrations for Manfred Honeck's tenth anniversary as Music Director of the orchestra. Resurrexit by Mason Bates was commissioned on the occasion of Manfred Honeck's 60th birthday and premiered at the Heinz Hall in September 2018. According to Bates, he was inspired by Honeck and thus a piece was created that brings the classic resurrection story to life with drive and drama and climbs into an intoxicating finale.
The GRAMMY-awarding winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck will continue their successful collaboration with Reference Recordings and SoundMirror, and release a recording of Bruckner's 9th Symphony on 23 August 2019. The last two releases have received five Grammy nominations; the orchestra and Manfred Honeck won two Grammy Awards in early 2018 for the recording of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony and Barber's Adagio.