Pittsburgh Symphony to Tour Europe

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will embark on a three-week European tour in January 2008, marking the beginning of a year-long celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary.

Conductor Rafael Fr‹hbeck de Burgos will kick off the tour on January 21 in Seville, Spain. Other stops in Fr‹hbeck's native country include Murcia, Castellon, Barcelona, Valencia and San Lorenzo de El Escorial (near Madrid). The five concerts feature music from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger and conclude with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

The PSO will then travel to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where guest conductor Marek Janowski will lead programs featuring Brahms and Beethoven.The orchestra next heads to Cologne, birthplace of the PSO's former music director, William Steinberg.

Then Janowski will make his conducting debut at the 105-year-old Stadthalle in Wuppertal, the town where he was raised. He will conclude the PSO's German tour in with a concert in Hannover.

Next stop on the tour is Vienna, with a performance at the Konzerthaus, followed by Budapest. The tour concludes in Zagreb, Pittsburgh's sister city, on February 5.

Janowski will conduct two programs on the tour. The first features (depending on the date) violinist Leonidas Kavakos performing Brahms's Violin Concerto or pianist Nikolai Lugansky in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, along with Brahms's Symphony No. 4. The second program includes Brahms's Symphonies No. 3 and 4.

The PSO will be accompanied by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, which will promote the Pittsburgh region to international corporations.

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