Classical 91.5

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Seasonal, 8 to 10pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, WITH-FM/HD 90.1-2 and online at
  • Hosted by Jim Cunningham

Enjoy a lively, exciting performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra each week from the comfort of your living room. Host Jim Cunningham and acclaimed Music Director Manfred Honeck bring you the symphonic works of Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and more with help from world-class soloists. The show is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Ring in the New Year with the Pittsburgh SO and a concert of Strauss waltzes and polkas in the style of the Vienna New Year’s concert. Noa Wildschut makes her Heinz Hall debut to play Chausson’s Poeme and Ravel’s Tzigane.  Manfred Honeck then conducts a program of musical gems from the waltz and polka tradition.

12/8      Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Schubert: Symphony No. 9, The Great (Christoph von Dohnanyi, cond)

Preachers Institute

Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Robert Page and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression. Handel's celebration of the human response to the divine will lift spirits and provide the perfect start to the holiday season.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra broadcast season opens with a very special Gala featuring pianist Lang Lang and  14-year-old piano prodigy, Maxim Lando, in special arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  Lang Lang will present a special arrangement of this iconic jazz-concerto composed as a piano duet in which two players perform on a single piano. Lang Lang will play the right hand, and Lando, will play the left.  Read more about the gala and this young prodigy.

June 2017 Pittsburgh Symphony programs

May 31, 2017
The Valley Ledger

It's an All-American program on June 13th with music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland.

May 2017 Pittsburgh Symphony listings

Apr 26, 2017

Violinist Midori Gotō began the violin at age 4, and moved from Japan to New York City to study at Juliard at age 10.  Speaking no English, which would usually be a hinderance, Midori soon realized that one does not "always need words in order to make friends".  Her debut was with the New York Phil under Zubin Mehta at age 11.  Now 45, Midori Gotō performs all over the world. Read the rest of the interview between Agnus McPherson and Midori Gotō here.   

April 2017 Pittsburgh Symphony listings

Mar 29, 2017

4/4        Strauss: Elektra Symphonic Rhapsody Hartl: Percussion Concerto Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier (Martin Grubinger, perc; Manfred Honeck, cond)
4/11      Dvorak/Honeck/Ille: Rusalka Suite Britten: Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathetique (Rainer Honeck, v; Manfred Honeck, cond)

March 2017 Pittsburg Symphony listings

Mar 1, 2017

3/7        Bates: The Rise of Exotic Computing Schumann: Konzertstück Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Horn Section; Andres Orozco-Estrada, cond)

3/14      Haydn: Symphony No. 93 Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (Daniil Trifonov, p; Manfred Honeck, cond)

3/21      Haydn: Creation (Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Sam Helfrich, dir; Manfred Honeck, cond)

February 2017 Pittsburgh Symphony listings

Jan 31, 2017
Gothic Funk Press

2/7       Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata 42, Orchestral Suite No. 2 Vivaldi: Concerto for Two cellos Telemann: Grillen Symphony Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and String Orchestra Vivaldi/Sorrell: La Follia (Noah Bendix-Balgley, v; Jennifer Ross, v; Lorna McGhee, f; Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, ob; Anne Martindale Williams, c; David Premo, c; Jeffrey Turner, bs; John Moore; bs;  Jeanette Sorrell, cond/hc)