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Monday, May 13, 2013, 2:27 p.m.

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony will give 11 concerts in five countries during their 2013 European Festivals Tour, Aug. 26 to Sept. 15.

Performances begin at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, Aug. 29 and 30, and continue at the Berlin Festival, Aug. 31, and the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Romania, Sept. 3.

After concerts in Paris on Sept. 6, and Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 7 and 8, the tour concludes with pairs of programs at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Sept. 10 and 11, and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany, Sept. 12 and 14.

Soloists during the tour will include violinist Anne Sophie Mutter playing Antonin Dvorak's Concerto and Witold Lutoslawski's Chain II, and pianist Yuja Wang playing Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. In Lucerne and Bonn, percussionist Martin Grubinger will play John Corigliano's “Conurer” Concerto, which received its world premeire at Heinz Hall with Evelyn Glennie as soloist and Marin Alsop conducting.

Purely orchestral repertoire will include Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, Richard Strauss' “Ein Heldenleben,” Maurice Ravel's “Bolero” and “Rapsodie espagnole,” and a suite from Leos Janaceks opera “Jenufa.”

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