The 2011 European Tour Is Here

The 2011 European Tour Is Here

After months of preparation, rehearsals and logistical planning, the LA Phil finally hits the road today for its seven city, 13-concert tour of Europe today!

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The orchestra's initial stop is Lisbon, Portugal where they'll play two concerts at Gulbenkian Hall, the first of which will be a program of works by John Adams, Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven. From there it's on to Madrid, followed by Cologne (where the orchestra will help Music Director Gustavo Dudamel celebrate his 30th birthday!), London, Budapest and finally Vienna.

As fate would have it, just as the orchestra is ramping up to get out on tour and present the above program, the LA Phil, with Deutsche Grammophon, has just today released a recording of that very program on iTunes! You can download it here.

So, as you can see, we've got a lot going on, and we're looking forward to bringing you news from the road in Europe, including posts from orchestra members and LA Phil staff, and even maybe a couple of surprises. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, here are some shots of what's gone into getting ready for the tour so far.