New York Philharmonic to Begin Europe/Spring 2013 Concert Tour

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 February 2013
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Statue of Johann Strauß II in Vienna's Stadtpark

Tourists admire the statute of Strauß in the Stadtpark

The New York Philharmonic will go on its sixth international concert tour under the direction of maestro Alan Gilbert from May 2 to May 17, 2013.  The tour, called Europe/Spring 2013, will feature thirteen concerts in four countries.

The tour will start in Izmir, Turkey, before traveling to Istanbul, followed by a trip to Zurich, Switzerland.  The orchestra will then travel to Germany, where they will visit Essen, Dortmund, Berlin, and Dresden, before finishing its tour in Vienna., where it will participate in the centennial celebration of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Guest soloist performing on the tour include pianist Emanuel Ax, the Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallace Artist–in-Residence, in Izmir, Istanbul, Essen, Dortmund, Berlin, and Vienna), as well as violinist Joshua Bell in Istanbul, Zurich, Munich, Dresden, and Vienna.

The repertoire for the tour includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in Istanbul, Essen, Dortmund, Berlin, and Vienna, as well as the composer’s Symphony No. 36 in Istanbul and Dresden.  Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in Izmir and Essen, and the European premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Prospero Rooms in Istanbul, Zurich, Munich, Dresden, and Vienna are also included in the planned pieces.

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