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. The visit to Israel—in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia—coincides with 70 years of U.S.-Israeli relations and marks only the second time the Orchestra has traveled there since its inaugural visit in 1992. The Philadelphia Orchestra is the only major American symphony orchestra to travel to Israel during this anniversary year and only the third to ever visit the country; the last time an American orchestra visited was in 1996.
Musicians and staff gather behind the Kimmel Center on 15th St. prior to the bus ride from Philadelphia to Newark International Airport.
Associate Principal Percussion Anthony Orlando (back to camera), violinist Paul Arnold, and cellist Kathryn Picht Read (background) are all packed and ready to go.
Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi and Principal Percussion Christopher Deviney share a laugh at the airport. Photo by Jan Regan
Violinist Amy Oshiro-Morales and her daughter, Victoria, have plenty of provisions for the wait at the airport. Victoria has quickly become quite the world traveler and has been accompanying her parents on Orchestra tours for many years now. Photo by Jan Regan
The weather was less than accommodating upon arrival in Brussels, as the crew unloads the wardrobe trunks at the hotel. There are 36 wardrobe trunks, weighing between 250-300 pounds each; they will only get heavier as the tour progresses. Photo by Jan Regan
James Barnes, a member of the stage crew for 24 years, interrupts his work for a quick photo. Photo by Jan Regan
Violinist Davyd Booth celebrated his birthday by exploring Brussels with a few fellow musicians. Here he is in the Grand-Place with oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld (left).