San Francisco Symphony prepares for MTT’s final European tour with the orchestra

Posted on: February 27, 2020

“Any time more than a hundred musicians and their instruments are to be transported by planes and buses on another continent for appearances in different countries each night, it’s a logistical challenge,” writes Janos Gereben in Monday’s (2/24) San Francisco Classical Voice. “But now, as the San Francisco Symphony is preparing for a historic tour of Europe, of 14 performances in 10 cities, March 21–April 7, those challenges are compounded by political upheavals, Brexit complications, new attitudes to the U.S. on the European continent, and—especially— coronavirus-prompted travel restrictions and widespread flight cancellations. And yet, SFS is determined to crown a quarter century of touring with Michael Tilson Thomas at this last outing under MTT’s direction before he turns over the baton as music director to Esa-Pekka Salonen in the fall. Tour logistics for this outing are being managed by SF Symphony Tours and Media Production Manager Joyce Wessling, with tour management by Askonas Holt, travel arrangements for the orchestra by TravTours, and logistics for the musical instrument cargo overseen by SF Symphony Production Manager Tim Carless…. [The orchestra] will prepare with public pretour performances that are part of the regular SFS season, all conducted by MTT.”