Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Europe
May 20–June 2, 2017
The most ambitious sojourn for the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in nearly two decades took place in May 2017. Covering nine cities in eighteen days, the orchestra’s 2017 European tour was packed with music-making, rehearsals, and on-the-ground learning. Students marveled at the acoustics and décor of classic old-world concert palaces and ultra-modern symphony halls, and reveled in their collaboration with renowned artists, including Osmo Vänskä, Benjamin Schmid (Violin ’91), Roberto Díaz (Viola ’84), and Peter Serkin (Piano ’64).
The tour started in Helsinki with a two-day residency at the Sibelius Academy; then the orchestra was off to Germany, with concerts in Bremen, Berlin, and Dresden. A quick flyover to London was unexpectedly extended, giving the musicians a free day to roam the British capital before boarding a chartered plane to Salzburg, with a “run-out” to Vienna. The tour concluded in Poland, with performances in Wrocław and Lusławice at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music.