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International Tour

The Ultimate Symphony Experience

Concerts tours are the ultimate Symphony experience, and also an essential part of the Senior Symphony program.

Every two years the Symphony Orchestra performs a tour, inspiring international audiences and providing an opportunity for the musicians to learn about other cultures, art and history, and to understand the role their music plays as an universal communication.

Tour is the ultimate artistic test of the orchestra, and also the culmination and expression of the highest achievement of the orchestra. It is simply irreplaceable as an experience that matures and defines the character and unity of the orchestra.

2017 Central Europe Tour  The Senior Symphony toured and performed in the most prestigious and celebrated halls of Central Europe! The enchanting program included Rachmaninoff's romanic Symphonic Dances, Shostakovich's Festive Overture, and the soaring Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with San Francisco Symphony violinist David Chernyavsky. Armed with an arsenal of rousing encore pieces, the orchestra received standing ovations in every venue, from Smetana Hall in Prague, Slovak Radio Hall in Bratislava, Bela Bartok National Hall in Budapest, and the incredible "Golden Hall" at the Musikverein in Vienna (pictured right).

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2015 Tour España! The Symphony performed a challenging program, including Copland's Appalachian Spring and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2. Celebrated Spanish-American composer Miguel A. Roig-Francoli made appearances to introduce his composition, Perseus, which made its USA premiere with the orchestra earlier in June. The stunning Sandra Shen dazzled the packed halls with De Falla's Noches en los jardines de España. The orchestra toured and performed in Seville at the Villa de la Rinconada; in Granada as part of the International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada, featured on the main stage Auditorio Manuel de Falla; in Valencia at the Palau de la Música ; and in Barcelona, in front of 2000, at the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana (pictured left).

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2013 50th Anniversary Tour In June and July of 2013, the Senior Symphony performed in Prague in the Rudolfinum's Dvorak Hall; in Salzburg at the Grosse Saal of the Mozarteum; in Bratislava at the Slovak Radio Hall; and in Budapest at the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall. ECYS alum Yujin Ariza was the featured soloist for the Sibelius Violin Concerto!

2011 The Tour featured soloist Naomi Kudo, piano, and included memorable performances in Girona, Spain in the Municipal Theater with the Conservatori de Musica; in Pamplona, Spain in the Palacio de Congresos y Auditorio de Navarra with the Conservatorio Profesional de Musica "Pablo Sarasate;” in Bordeaux, France at the Eglise Saint-Gervais of Jonsac for the Festival Des Eurochestries; in Bandol, France at the Salle Jules Verne; in Nice, France at the Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional de Nice; and in Paris, France for the Dimanches Musicaux de La Madeleine.

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Naomi Kudo


ECYS at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany

2009 The Symphony traveled to Poland and Germany, with performances in Warsaw, Katowice, Wroclaw, Potsdam and concluded in Leipzig, at the legendary Gewandaus Concert Hall. Tour soloist Hannah Tarley, violin, performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

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Warsaw & Krakow | Wroclaw

Berlin & Potsdam | Leipzig

ECYS at the Glinka Capella in St. Petersburg, Russia

2007 The Symphony performed in Helsinki, Finland, in Talinn and Tartu, Estonia, and in St. Petersburg and Novorgod, Russia! ECYS wowed audiences in the famed Glinka Capella Hall. Tour soloist Chloe Pang, piano, performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

2005 The Symphony traveled to Central Europe, where they received accolades and encores from a full house at Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy, and performed for more than 1000 at Prague’s Dvorak Hall. The tour included visits to Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany, and memorable performances of the Barber Violin Concerto by Symphony alum Daphne Wang.

2003 The Symphony Orchestra toured Italy, including stops in Venice, Florence, Naples and Rome, including memorable performances at the Villa Caldogno as part of the Vicenza Summer Music Series, at La Rocca, in the medieval castle, as part of the Cento Summer Music Series, and in the Roman Amphitheatre at Albano Laziale.

Tour 2011, Eiffel Tower2000 The Symphony season culminated in Tour 2000: destination France. The Symphony performed several concerts in Paris and Normandy, at EuroDisney, participated in festivals such as the Savois and Saint-Germain, and performed in Grenoble and Geneva.

1998 The Symphony toured England and Scotland, and participated in the Bournemouth Music Festival, and the Glasgow West End Festival.

1996 The Symphony toured Italy and Austria, participating in the 1996 International Music Meeting in Abano Terse, Italy and the International Festival of Youth and Music in Vienna, Austria. At the festival, the Symphony won second place in the orchestra competition. The tour featured solo performances by Philippe Quint, violin.

1987 Performed at the World of Music Festival in Hawaii, and were honored to be the first ensemble from California to participate in the Carnegie Hall American Youth Debut Series in New York City.

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