Manford Honeck and the PSO Return to Europe for Music Festivals, August-September

Manford Honeck and the PSO Return to Europe for Music Festivals, August-September

Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra return to Europe to perform at prominent music festivals from August 25 to September 9, 2017.

The tour will take the orchestra to Germany, Austria, England, Switzerland and Romania.

"The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is truly a Pittsburgh treasure. International touring allows us to be ambassadors for the city we call home while sharing the incredible artistry of our music director and our musicians with the world," said Melia Tourangeau, president and CEO. "This year's tour includes appearances at many of the most prestigious festivals - and the orchestra's appearance at the Salzburg Festival also marks the first time that Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony have performed together there. We are incredibly grateful for our supporters and community friends who have partnered with us to make this important tour a reality."

The orchestra departs from Pittsburgh on August 25. The tour opens on August 28 at the Rheingau Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who last performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony on its 2016 European Tour. The orchestra then travels to Austria to perform at the Salzburg Festival (August 29) and the Grafenegg Festival (August 31-September 1). The Pittsburgh Symphony then travels to London to perform at a venue to be announced later this spring. From London, the orchestra travels to Switzerland to perform at the Lucerne Festival on September 6. The orchestra's final two concerts will take place at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Romania, on September 7 and 8. The orchestra returns to the United States on September 9.

This tour marks the first time that Maestro Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform together at the very prestigious Salzburg Festival. The Pittsburgh Symphony last performed there in 2003 under the direction of then Music Director Mariss Jansons.

Internationally celebrated violin superstar Anne-Sophie Mutter joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for five concerts on August 28-29, September 4, September 6 and September 8. German baritone Matthias Goerne performs on August 31 and September 7. Violinist Rainer Honeck, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic and brother to Music Director Manfred Honeck, joins the Pittsburgh Symphony on September 1.

The tour program features Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, Dvo?ák's Rusalka Fantasy, Dvo?ák's Violin Concerto in A minor (with Anne-Sophie Mutter), Lutoslawski's Chain 2 and Partita (both with Anne-Sophie Mutter), Lutoslawski's Interlude for Orchestra, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 (with Rainer Honeck), John Adams' Lollapalooza, selections from Mahler's Twelve Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (with Matthias Goerne), Mahler's Symphony No. 1, George Enescu's Concert Overture on Popular Romanian Themes and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6.

For tickets to and information about individual concerts, please visit pittsburghsymphony.org/tourconcerts.Partnership with Pennsylvania OIBD and Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Office of International Business Development (OIBD) and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, will partner with the Pittsburgh Symphony during its performance in London. This will mark the ninth time the Pittsburgh Symphony has partnered with the PRA to jointly market the region for international business investment, but it is the first time in recent years that the OIBD has joined a Pittsburgh Symphony international tour. The purpose of this partnership will be to market southwestern Pennsylvania to U.K.-based firms as a global destination for bilateral business partnerships, trade and North American business investment, including establishing or expanding operations in the Pittsburgh region.

The engagement at the Lucerne Festival is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. International touring is made possible, in part, by the Hillman Endowment for International Performances.

2017 EUROPEAN FESTIVALS TOUR CONCERT SCHEDULE

Monday, August 28 Rheingau Music Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, with Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin