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.