Philadelphia Orch on tour

Posted on: February 6, 2009

In today’s (2/6) Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns writes about the Philadelphia Orchestra’s current tour in the Canary Islands and Europe. “Ticket sales for the three-week, 14-concert tour of the Canary Islands, Iberia and Central Europe so far have been excellent. Although other U.S. orchestra are forgoing overseas tours (and lack of sponsorship forced Philadelphia to cancel this summer’s round of European festivals), Orquesta de Filadelfia touched down in the picture-postcard Canaries on Jan. 28 for the tour’s first leg, which by all accounts bordered on the sublime. … Audiences are giving tour violin soloist Leonidas Kavakos rock-star ovations. And though the famous Philadelphia sound has been compromised by some acoustically questionable auditoriums, there was plenty of it to go around even in the worst of them, such as Lisbon’s cavernous, circular Coliseu dos Recreios, where Holiday on Ice has been a more comfortable visitor. … Audience response in the packed 3,000-seat Coliseu was extravagant.”