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WATCH: Tulips by a 'Swan Lake'

After seven concerts over seven days, and almost halfway through the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, made possible by Exclusive Tour Sponsor Credit Suisse, Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young and violist Kenneth Mirkin spend a few hours visiting Keukenhof, one of the largest gardens in Europe, southwest of Amsterdam. The music: Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, one of the tour encores. (Video: Chris Lee)

WATCH: London Highlights: Young Composers & 'Petrushka'

On April 17–19, 2015, the New York Philharmonic was in residence at London's Barbican Centre, part of the Orchestra's EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, made possible by Exclusive Tour Sponsor Credit Suisse. The activities, reflecting many of the Philharmonic's signature performance and education initiatives, included master classes, works created by Very Young Composers, the Musicjelly interactive experience, puppet building with kids — all culminating in a staged performance of Petrushka, a production by Giants Are Small, in which Music Director Alan Gilbert and the musicians got in on the action. (Video: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: London

Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic presented their signature projects in London during the Orchestra's second residency at the Barbican Centre under the auspices of its International Associates initiative. Just a few highlights: a genre-bending staging of Stravinksy's Petrushka at a Young People's Concert, an interactive installation allowing kids to digitally "conduct" the Philharmonic, a new-music concert, and a critically acclaimed performance with Joyce DiDonato. 

PHOTOS: The Tour Begins in Dublin

The New York Philharmonic's two-week, six-country EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour has begun in Dublin, Ireland, with school visits; a sold-out concert with Joyce DiDonato joining Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra; and a few pints.

Behind the Scenes of Orchestra Tours with New York Philharmonic and President Matthew VanBesien

Matthew VanBesien New York Philharmonic

Have you ever wondered why symphony orchestras tour? When the practice started? What the logistics involved are? How much preparation goes into them?

Check out this recent article and slideshow on Credit Suisse's website by journalist Ruth Hafen.

"As early as 1882, the New York Philharmonic (NYP) traveled to the Midwest under Leopold Damrosch," the article notes. Our latest tour, EUROPE / SPRING 2015, got under way yesterday.

Here are some numbers. When the Philharmonic tours, the article notes, there are 145 people traveling, and total freight is estimated at 104 cubic meters, including 140 instrument cases and wardrobe trunks, and approximately 200 pieces of luggage.

Cultural diplomacy is one reason orchestras tour, and the Philharmonic has had a particularly strong commitment to being a cultural ambassador. For New York Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien, the article says, "such concerts are also an opportunity to show 'that music can transcend cultural differences by speaking directly to the human heart.'"

Read the full article here.

Above: President Matthew VanBesien speaks at the Credit Suisse pre-concert dinner reception on February 6, 2014, during the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour. (Photo: Chris Lee)

Credit Suisse is the Exclusive Tour Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic.

Free Live Webcast of the N.Y. Philharmonic at Philharmonie de Paris, April 25 Philharmonie de Paris New York Philharmonic

On April 25 the New York Philharmonic will become the first American orchestra to perform at the Philharmonie de Paris, and you can see it live — for free! will offer a live, free webcast on Saturday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) to hear and see the Philharmonic perform Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx, Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Joyce DiDonato, Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, and R. Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite. Watch it below:

Gilbert, New York Philharmonic, DiDonato: Salonen, Ravel, Strauss on

If you are brunching hard Saturday afternoon, no worries: the webcast will be available for free for the following 180 days on

The concert is part of the Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 Tour. Credit Suisse is the Exclusive Tour Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic.

(Above: Philharmonie de Paris Grand Salle © Borel)

To Europe We'll Go!

In April Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic bring signature programs and projects to the birthplace of symphonic music. Here are some highlights of EUROPE / SPRING 2015: 

  • The first return to Dublin in 19 years; 
  • The Orchestra's second residency as an International Associate of London's Barbican Centre, featuring the Giants Are Small staging of Stravinsky's Petrushka (in which the musicians get into the action);
  • The Orchestra's first time playing in the newly opened Philharmonie in Paris.
  • A performance of highlights from CONTACT!, the new-music series;
  • Cornerstone education projects, including a performance of music by Very Young Composers of New York and London;
  • Performances of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx in London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris, and Cologne; 
  • The World Premiere of Senza sangue, Peter Eötvös’s new opera, co-commissioned by the Philharmonic. 

Check back after April 17 to join the tour virtually through photos and videos on!

Credit Suisse is the Exclusive Tour Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic. 

The EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour is made possible, in part, by contributions from major underwriters Didi and Oscar Schafer, Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach, and the Mary and James G. Wallach Family Foundation, and underwriters Harold Mitchell, AC, Joan and Joel I. Picket, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, and the New York Philharmonic's International Advisory Board.

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