In Sunday’s (9/13) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Andrew Druckenbrod writes, “For the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, two upcoming European tours will be not just show time, but time to show off how it sounds with its new maestro. Music director Manfred Honeck will be introduced with the PSO in two high-profile tours that bookend the season. First up is a festival tour this month highlighted by two concerts at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. The other is in May at the Musikverein in Vienna. … When last heard in Lucerne’s modernist Culture and Convention Center in 2003, the Pittsburgh Symphony was riding an artistic high wave, with Mariss Jansons at the helm. … Haefliger. … ‘We have had excellent experiences with Pittsburgh, back to the time with [Lorin] Maazel,’ says [Lucerne director Michael] Haefliger. … ‘We have a great respect for this orchestra. It will be interesting to hear them with their new leader.’ ”

Posted September 14, 2009