Under the direction of Manfred Honeck, the PSO will welcome a number of world-renowned return and debut guest conductors, composers/commissions and soloists to Heinz Hall this season including Renée Fleming, Mason Bates, Jonathan Leshnoff, Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zukerman, Vilde Frang, Till Fellner, Emanuel Ax, and many more.
To mark the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, Manfred Honeck conducts pieces Bernstein himself conducted with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra early in his career: Works by Beethoven, Haydn and Stravinsky’s Firebird. And Bernstein’s own First Symphony, which the Pittsburgh Symphony premiered in 1944.
On the occasion of Manfred Honeck’s 60. birthday, Pinchas Zukerman will play Bruch’s romantic First Violin Concerto. Manfred Honeck conducts Brahms’ lyrical Second Symphony. And Mason Bates has been commissioned to create a new work for the occasion.
Manfred Honeck about the new season: "Our 2018-2019 season will be filled with exceptional music-making and exciting performances. I look forward to collaborating with some of the world's most renowned performers, including 15 debut artists, as well as welcoming back many friends to the Heinz Hall stage. I am particularly excited to present three epic works that I will perform for the first time with this great orchestra, including Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), and Strauss' Alpine Symphony. I look forward to showcasing our amazing Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and I invite you to join us in this wonderful journey of the great music that we love."