“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Monday announced programming for the 2019-2020 season, including a 10-city European tour in the fall, several works by living composers and the launch of a two-season celebration of Beethoven’s music in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday,” writes Jeremy Reynolds in Tuesday’s (2/5) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The orchestra will open its season with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe’s ‘Fountain of Youth,’ co-commissioned with the New World Symphony and Carnegie Hall…. The PSO will perform music by Thomas Adès, Luxembourgian composer George Lentz and composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher. [Music Director Manfred] Honeck will lead the orchestra in works premiered by the PSO in recent seasons, including ‘Resurrexit’ by Mason Bates and ‘Larghetto for Orchestra’ by James McMillan. He will also direct a new symphonic suite of music from Puccini’s opera ‘Turandot,’ with orchestrations by composer Thomas Ille…. Honeck will conduct a concert version of [Fidelio], Beethoven’s Mass in D major, ‘Missa Solemnis,’ the fourth piano concerto and the violin concerto… The 2019-2020 lineup includes five PSO360 concerts, the popular format that seats listeners onstage with performing musicians. These concerts have sold out their limited seating every performance since their 2017 inception.”

Posted February 8, 2019