Photography

Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra tour of Europe 2014

This tour of Europe was a spectacular, if brief, look at the cities, countrysides, and concert halls of the Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia. Each city and town we visited presented a unique and highly individual atmosphere, from the Old City region of Prague to the shopping vistas of Vienna. Likewise, each concert venue had its own identity; the grand, sonorous, and brass-player friendly Dvorak Hall in Prague, the dry, precise, and starkly clad Slovak Radio Hall, the majestic and echoing cathedral in Vienna, and the bright Mozarteum in Salzburg. This collection of my photos focuses upon the architectural qualities of these amazing places.

The National Technical Library of the Czech Republic near Prague.

The National Technical Library of the Czech Republic near Prague.

The National Technical Library of the Czech Republic near Prague.

The National Technical Library of the Czech Republic near Prague.

Half-second exposure of the Scuderia Praha auto Dealership, by the ambassador Hotel near Prague.

The Scuderia Praha Auto Dealership, by the Ambassador Hotel near Prague.

The Scuderia Praha Auto Dealership, by the Ambassador Hotel near Prague.

The Scuderia Praha Auto Dealership, by the Ambassador Hotel near Prague.

The Scuderia Praha Auto Dealership, by the Ambassador Hotel near Prague.

The Scuderia Praha Auto Dealership, by the Ambassador Hotel near Prague.

Vierendeel trusses forming an arcade at a mall in the Czech Republic.

The building housing the first orchestra rehearsal on the tour.

The rehearsal building featured a unique rainscreen detail, with lettering cut directly into the panels.

A wider view of the lettering.

A bridge seen on the busride from the Ambassador Hotel to Prague.

Bridge into Prague built in an Art-Nouveau style.

Statue of Nike built onto one of the bridge piers.

Presently nonfunctioning giant metronome overlooking Prague.

Gardens outside the Rudolfinum in Prague.

The Rudolfinum in Prague.

Night view of the Rudolfinum.

Dvorak Hall ceiling inside the Rudolfinum.

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra on stage at Dvorak Hall.

Statue and the Clocktower at Old City Square in Prague.

Statue and Cathedral at Old City Square in Prague.

Night on the clocktower in Old City Square.

Night on the Cathedral in Old City Square

The Clocktower in Old City Square in Prague.

The Dancing House by Frank Gehry.

St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

The Nave of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

Stained Glass Window at St.Vitus Cathedral.

Vaults at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

The Rooftops of Prague.

The rooftops of Prague.

Domes over Prague.

Rooftops of Prague.

Bridge in Prague.

Spectacular view of the Moldau at Sunset.

Karlstein Castle.

Karlstein Castle.

Karlstein Castle.

Karlstein Castle.

Karlstein Castle.

Square in Telc.

Square in Telc.

Building in Vienna.

Peeling building facade.

Peeling Building Facade.

Statue by the government complex.

Interior of a dome in Vienna.

Adolf Loos department store in Vienna.

Adolf Loos department store in Vienna.

Adolf Loos department store in Vienna.

Otto Wagner Postal Savings Bank in Vienna.

Otto Wagner Postal Savings Bank in Vienna.

Otto Wagner Postal Savings Bank in Vienna.

View of Vienna from a Ferris Wheel.

View of Vienna from a Ferris Wheel.

House with an amazing driveway procession overlooking Bratislava, Slovakia.

House with an amazing driveway procession overlooking Bratislava, Slovakia.

Slovak Radio Hall, as seen from the World War II memorial above Bratislava.

Slovak Radio Hall, seen from below, where the superstructure is concealed behind the pyramidal form.

Entryway to the Slovak Radio Hall.

Peculiar luminaires in the lobby at Slovak Radio Hall.

Hallway about the courtyard of Slovak Radio Hall.

Hallway about the courtyard of Slovak Radio Hall.

View up the sides of the Pyramid from the courtyard at Slovak Radio Hall.

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra on stage at Slovak Radio Hall.

Audience Seating at Slovak Radio Hall.

Organ Pipes at Slovak Radio Hall.

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra on stage at Slovak Radio Hall.

Silent Ventilation System at Slovak Radio Hall.

Silent Ventilation System at Slovak Radio Hall.

Silent Ventilation System at Slovak Radio Hall.

War Memorial in Bratislava.

Overlook of Bratislava.

Castle in Bratislava.

Austrian Wind Turbines on the horizon behind Bratislava.

Castle in Bratislava.

Bridge across the river in Bratislava.

Melk Abbey, Austria.

Crazy Ceiling painting No.1 at Melk Abbey.

Main courtyard at Melk Abbey.

Long hall at Melk Abbey.

Blue presentation room at Melk Abbey.

Crazy Ceiling Painting No.2 at Melk Abbey. This painting appears to be a simple one-point perspective, but rendered on a rounded vaulted ceiling it is highly complex.

Nave at Melk Abbey.

Nave at Melk Abbey.

Nave at Melk Abbey.

Nave at Melk Abbey.

Spiral stair at Melk Abbey.

Lobby at the Amedia Hotel in Salzburg.

View up to the castle in Salzburg.

View up to the castle in Salzburg.

Nave at the Salzburg Cathedral.

Nave at the Salzburg Cathedral.

Details on the vaults at the Salzburg Cathedral.

Nave at the Salzburg Cathedral.

Transept end at the Salzburg Cathedral.

Dome at the Salzburg Cathedral.

Nave at the Salzburg Cathedral.

Nave at the Salzburg Cathedral.

Dome at the Salzburg Cathedral.

Mozarteum main hall.

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra on stage at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

The organ at the Mozarteum.

Entry court at the Munich airport.

Ceiling details at the Munich Airport.

Blinds detail at the Munich Airport.

Munich Airport Walkers.

Watercolor of the small throne room at Karlstein Castle in the Czech Republic. The pencil underlay was created on-site, as photography was not permitted inside the castle.

Watercolor drawing of a street in Bratislava, made while waiting for a delicious dish called the "Slovak Backpack"

Watercolor of the Scuderia Praha auto dealership next to the Ambassador Hotel in Prague.

Sketch of the interior of the Slovak Radio Hall.