It’s official: Our 2019 Symphony Orchestra Tour will be headed to northern Europe for a concert tour of the Baltics! With stops in Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; and St. Petersburg, Russia, students will perform in world-class venues, learn about the culture of these historic cities, and make memories to last a lifetime.
“Tour, perhaps more than any CYSO experience, offers our students the opportunity to learn and grow both as musicians and as citizens of the world,” said CYSO Executive Director Susan Lape. “We ask them to serve as ambassadors for our city and our country when they are overseas, and this responsibility manifests in tremendously meaningful exchanges and learning moments.”
The four Baltic capitals on the itinerary feature medieval charm combined with modern, dynamic city centers, all during the height of the region’s “white nights” period. Trip highlights will include performances at venues in all four cities, including Helsinki’s world famous Church of the Rock, along with sightseeing stops including St. Petersburg’s storied Hermitage–one of the largest art museums in the world, touring 700 year old buildings in Tallinn, and visiting Sweden’s Royal Palace.
Symphony Orchestra will perfect their tour repertoire this spring with a performance at Orchestra Hall on May 19 and a to-be-determined tour kick-off performance in early June.
“Our tour rep includes Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7, his last and greatest symphony,” said Music Director Allen Tinkham. “We’re thrilled to be able to present this piece in Stockholm, where it premiered in 1924, as well as performing it in Sibelius’ home country of Finland.”
Tinkham explained that the program will also include Stravinksky’s 1919 Suite from The Firebird, which celebrates it’s one hundredth anniversary this season, along with George Walker’s Address for Orchestra, “the first significant orchestral work by one of our nations most important composers, the Jackie Robinson of American classical music.”
While the roster of tour musicians is just about set, sign ups for the Companion Tour are now underway! Supporters, families, and others are invited to join us in Europe for an upgraded tour experience that includes taking in the four Symphony Orchestra performances along the way. More info on the Companion Tour.
Stay tuned through the spring and summer as we roll out more content around the 2019 Tour. Till then, we’ll be dreaming of that midnight sun!