It’s official: Next summer, Symphony Orchestra will be headed to Europe for our tour of Berlin, Leipzig, Prague, and Vienna! Students will perform at world-renowned concert halls, participate in unparalleled cultural experiences, and make memories to last a lifetime.
“Performing on tour allows students to stretch themselves musically and personally and brings about tremendous personal growth,” said Music Director Allen Tinkham, who will lead the group on tour. “I’m so thrilled to be heading back to some of my favorite venues in Europe and introduce audiences to this amazing group of young musicians.”
Executive Director Susan Lape added, “Again and again, alumni point to tour as one of the most meaningful experiences they had as a member of CYSO. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this experience to students once again and know that they will serve as wonderful ambassadors not only for our program, but for our entire city and country.”
The four European cities on next summer’s itinerary are some of classical music’s most important sites, home to composers and musicians who’ve made their mark on history and some of the most renowned performance venues in the world.
Students will begin in Berlin, Germany’s bustling capital. The group will perform at the Heilig Geist Kirche and tour memorials and cultural sites as well as enjoy the views of the city on a boat cruise of the Spree river.
Next up is Leipzig, where Bach lived and worked and Mendelssohn and Wagner were born. Students will perform at the world famous Gewandhaus, where Mendelssohn’s own orchestra played. While in Leipzig, the group will tour historic sites from some of the city’s famous sons.
Students then travel to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and “city of 100 spires.” The group will visit a few of those spires, including Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Students will present a concert at the famous Rudolfinum, performing in Dvořák Hall where the composer himself once conducted.
The final stop on the journey is Vienna, Austria, famous for centuries as a music capital of the world. For classical music fans, the city is well known for its home-grown talents including Schubert, Strauss, and Schoenberg and famed residents like Mozart and Beethoven. Students will tour cultural sites including museums and the homes of some of these composers. The final concert will be at MuTh, home to the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir.
Incoming Symphony Orchestra members and 2020 grads (who missed their chance to tour this summer because of COVID-19) have a few more weeks to sign up for next summer’s trip, and registration for the Companion Tour is now underway! Supporters, families, and others are invited to join us in Europe for an upgraded tour experience that includes taking in each of the four performances along the way, along with immersive cultural experiences and more. More info on the Companion Tour.
Stay tuned through the spring and summer as we roll out more content around the 2022 Tour!