PYSO recently heard from two (tuba) alums from our early days. They are still very active in the music scene here and abroad!

Frederick J Young (Tuba/1949 to 1954) is a retired CMU professor of electrical engineering who still plays the tuba. (Here he is pictured with his BBb/EEE natural tuba that he played in the PYSO and Pittsburgh Symphony.)

Some of his fondest memories of PYSO as well as how PYSO has impacted his life

“I enjoyed the conducting of Stanley Levin and enjoyed listening to the good horn players in the orchestra. I learned a great deal about symphonic music and its proper performance! Playing in the PYSO prepared me to play second tuba in the Pittsburgh Symphony for about 20 years (1954-1974). I also played a few times with the Philadelphia Ballet Orchestra and once with the Chicago Symphony…(and) played the Capuzzi string bass solo at the Syria Mosque with a symphony to a packed house. PYSO alerted me to the many intonation problems of the brass instruments on which I have published numerous scientific papers.

Check out Mr. Young’s 2012 brass quintet performance of Georges Barboteu’s Divertissement (Tuba solo) for Brass Quintet

Robert Tucci (Tuba 1956-58) who now lives in Puchheim (Munich) Germany is not only a professional musician but also designs (brass) mouthpieces. As a student musician in Pittsburgh he studied with Harold McDonald (PSO tubist and later the PSO Production Manager).

These are just a few memories he recently shared with PYSO:
“It seems that the PYSO is thriving, amazing from the times the orchestra rehearsed at the Soldier’s & Sailors Memorial…my father, Eugene Tucci, operated an automobile business in Slovan, near Burgettstown in Washington County. In spite of one long and demanding week after another, he sacrificed a good part of the Day or Rest, to drive me to Oakland for rehearsals. There were just a few concerts: he brought in a shiny new Dodge stake truck to transport instruments and equipment on one occasion. When the word got out that he had enjoyed a fine reputation for good and honest service, Lincoln Maazel (Lorin Maazel’s father) would drive his Buick to Slovan for service.
Karl Kritz telling the trombone (and tuba) section that we ‘sound like a truck rumbling down 5th Avenue.’ That was during an attempt to play the Introduction to the 3rd Act of Lohengrin…Mrs. Maazel was an absolute dear to everyone. For a young aspiring student from Burgettstown the PYSO was a new world. Access to Sunday PSO concerts at Syria Mosque after rehearsals was always a special treat…The PYSO was a window to the future for all of us.”

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