Learn what it's like to tour as an organist from Paul Jacobs, soloist on the 2018 Tour of Europe and Israel. He performed Wayne Oquin's Resilience with the Orchestra in Brussels, Luxembourg, and Hamburg.
I awoke this morning in Paris at 6:20 AM to my daughter Victoria, age seven, asking if it was time to get up yet! My daughter has accompanied me and my husband (Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet) on every Philadelphia Orchestra concert tour since she was one year old so she is already a "pro" at touring.
The Orchestra traveled by bus for the almost three-hour trip from Brussels to Luxembourg for the second concert of the Tour, at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, designed by Christian de Portzamparc. Photo by Jan Regan
Associate Concertmaster Ying Fu warms up before the start of the concert. Photo by Jan Regan
Many musicians took advantage of a free day by traveling to Bruges, only an hour by train from Brussels. (L to r) Violinist Elina Kalendarova, horn player Shelley Showers, Co-Principal Bassoon Mark Gigliotti, contrabassoonist Holly Blake, and Associate Principal Percussion Anthony Orlando enjoy a break from sightseeing at a café in the central Markt. Photo by Jan Regan
Following a highly successful 2015 European tour, The Philadelphia Orchestra embarked on its 2018 Tour of Europe and Israel on May 21. The itinerary in Europe is jam-packed, with eight concerts in six cities, including debut performances at the Jean Nouvel-designed Philharmonie de Paris and the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Other cities on the tour include Brussels, Luxembourg City, Düsseldorf, and Vienna. From there, the Orchestra travels to Israel for performances in Haifa (a Philadelphia Orchestra debut), Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.
Continuing its work to reach deeper into the communities of Philadelphia, and as part of its ongoing commitment to community service, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra performed three free Neighborhood Chamber Concerts in April and May, featuring ensembles of varying sizes. The three concerts were held at the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City, Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, and Historic Strawberry Mansion in East Fairmount Park; a fourth concert will be held in July at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has enjoyed some milestone moments over the years with “theater-of-a-concert” presentations—unique multimedia and lighting effects and theatrical elements designed to enhance the concert experience. I’ve been involved in bringing this concept to the Orchestra since the beginning, and I look forward to creating a site-specific fusion of Tosca within the Orchestra’s environment.
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