Tours and Travels



August 26, 2013

Saratoga--Going Out with a Bang

The Orchestra ended its Saratoga residency with its annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular concert complete with live cannons and fireworks that accompanied the "1812 Overture."  The residency left our New York fans with fond memories, and made us even more excited for the start of our 2013-14 season! In the final week, Béla Fleck jammed with the Orchestra on his banjo, Johannes Moser played a cello concerto that rekindled childhood memories, and pianist Daniil Trifonov wowed audiences during his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.


August 20, 2013

Saratoga--Sarah Chang and Rite of Spring

Our second weekend in Saratoga saw the Orchestra connect with fans, familiar friends, and fantastic music. Associate Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Curnow connected with fans of all ages on Family Night on Friday. As to familiar friends, Gianandrea Noseda and Sarah Chang joined us on Friday, and Noseda was at the helm again on Saturday with guest pianist Jonathan Biss. The fantastic music? A tremendous two days of programming was capped with the “The Rite of Spring.”



August 16, 2013

Saratoga--Elton John and The Night of the Drum

Our second week in Saratoga has shown the amazing versatility of our musicians and the variety of the Orchestra’s performances. Over just two days, Orchestra musicians put on a pop-up performance at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, played with Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh in a tribute concert to Elton John, and performed both classics and modern compositions on Thursday’s concert “The Night of the Drum.”



August 13, 2013

Saratoga--Bernstein, NYCB, Yo-Yo Ma, and Young Friends

The Orchestra finished week one at Saratoga with good friends and collaborators. Jamie Bernstein and dancers from the New York City Ballet were featured on Friday, and on Saturday, Yo-Yo Ma joined the Orchestra for Elgar's soul-bearing Cello Concerto. Throughout our stay in Saratoga, we've seen many children and young people. Truly these will be the next wave of ardent Philadelphia Orchestra supporters!



August 09, 2013

Saratoga--Opening Night and the Race Course

The Orchestra returned to Saratoga with much fanfare and excitement on Wednesday. The people of Saratoga love The Philadelphia Orchestra! Already the Orchestra has performed two special concerts, and several Orchestra members took to the famous Saratoga Race Course. We can’t wait to see what’s in store over the next few weeks!



July 22, 2013

Bravo! Vail festival--A Triumphant Finale

Yannick conducted the Orchestra to a triumphant conclusion in Vail! Our music director led two concerts to conclude our annual residency at the Bravo! Vail music festival in Colorado. (Photo: Zach Mahone)


7/12/13, Vail: Yannick is clearly happy to be rehearsing with his Philadelphia Orchestra.


July 12, 2013

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival - July 10 Behind the Scenes

Yannick has joined us for our final three concerts at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Let us take you behind the scenes of a day in Vail that included a trip to a TV station, a rehearsal, and a concert featuring Yannick and guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein.



July 08, 2013

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival - Week One in Review

The Orchestra’s first week in breathtaking Vail, Colo., featured big-name stars, high-flying acrobatics, and of course the beautiful sounds of the Fabulous Philadelphians.



7/5/13, Vail: Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero led the Orchestra in its first rehearsal of the Vail residency.


June 09, 2013

Day Fourteen - A Successful Tour Ends in Macao

6/9/13, Macao: (L to r) Philadelphia Orchestra horn player Shelley Showers, Associate Principal Timpani Angela Zator Nelson, and violinist Elina Kalendareva take a little time out for some fun in the city. Here they flag down a taxi to head into old town Macao for a little sightseeing on the final day of the Tour. Photo by Jan Regan.