“I adore this orchestra. It is such a jewel – every one of its facets just glows.” ~ Yo-Yo Ma
One of the world’s great orchestras, the Pittsburgh Symphony (PSO) boasts a long and fertile history with the finest conductors and musicians and a strong commitment to Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. Their many recordings include a Grammy-winning disc with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and Cinema Serenade with Itzhak Perlman and John Williams performing celebrated film scores. The splendid Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck’s many years as violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic give his thoughtful interpretations a distinctive stamp. The charismatic Ukranian-born, North Carolina-based pianist Valentina Lisitsa jump-started her career online, attracting more than 62 million views on YouTube. Here, the Orchestra performs their quintessential blend of timeless orchestral masterpieces and new American works, including the PSO-commissionedThe Elements, inspired by Pittsburgh’s environmental history.