Sunday, April 09, 2017
BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Dohnanyi Conducts Brahms
World-renowned German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi returns to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra after more than a decade since his last appearance. Widely admired for his interpretations of Romantic music, Gramophone described his recording of Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 as “easily the best and most vital of his series, spontaneous in its forward-looking energy.” Paired with Schumann, Dohnányi also will present the second chapter of the season-long Brahms cycle with a performance of his rustic Symphony No. 2. With this esteemed conductor joining forces with the distinguished Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, this outstanding weekend of artistic excellence is not one to miss!
Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale wants an audit review of the state's $10 million funding for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last summer. The money was intended to be spent on event expenses including the venue license and construction costs. However year-end reports filed with the Federal Election Commission reveal a $4 million surplus from public and private money raised, while showing the convention's host committee paying out nearly $1 million in bonuses for staff members and awarding grants for Philadelphia schools and nonprofits.
Should the U.S. withdraw from NATO if other members refuse to commit more to their common defense?