This blog will track the experience from my particular perspective (“This backward man, this view obstructer”) of the process of building, from the ground up, a performance, with gifted, but very busy students, of a long and complex symphonic work. I’ve been asked, not infrequently, by interested audience members about this process, especially with students, and I’ve even given talks on it. So perhaps this topic may be of interest to any who have ever wondered about how an orchestra and conductor arrive at the public part, the concert where it all just seems to happen. The answer to that question is, brick by brick. I’ll here try to describe the bricks, and how they are laid.

Princeton’s Tours

One of the most exciting parts of being in PUO is going on tours! They are a great bonding experience, and are the perfect way to share our music with a wider audience. Stay tuned for pictures and stories from our most recent tour! In the mean time, here are the places we’ve gone recently:

Princeton University Orchestra Tours

January 2019: Spain

Zaragoza; Barcelona; Madrid

January 2017: Central Europe

Dvorak Hall in the Rudolfinum, Prague; Slovak Radio Hall, Bratislava; Vienna; Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest

January 2015: Ireland

January 2013: Germany and The Netherlands

Marktkirche, Frankfurt; Royal Conservatorium, The Hague; Amsterdam Conservatorium

January 2011: United Kingdom

University of Manchester; University of Oxford; Royal College of Music, London

January 2009: Germany and Czech Republic

Gasteig, Munich; Kulturni dum, Pilsen; Old Town Hall, Prague

January 2007: Central Europe

Minoritenkirche, Vienna; Slovak Radio Hall, Bratislava; Liszt Academy, Budapest

January 2005: Portugal

Lisbon; Coimbra; Porto

January 2003: Central Europe

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna; Great Synagogue, Pilsen; Rudolfinum, Prague

January 2002: East Coast September 11 Benefit Tour

Stuyvesant High School, New York City; Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania; Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University

January 2000: Spain

Madrid; Zaragoza; Barcelona

June 1998: United Kingdom

Royal Academy of Music, London; Durham Cathedral, Greyfrairs Kirk, Edinburgh; Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow; Lyric Theater, Carmarthen, Wales

June 1996: Central Europe

Rudolfinum (Dvorak Hall), Prague; Brno Conservatory; Konzerthaus, Vienna; Reduta Hall, Bratislava; Jagellonian University, Krakow; Liszt Academy, Budapest; Kromeriz Palace, Czech Republic

January 1994: United Kingdom

Cambridge University: Eton College: Salisbury Cathedral: Royal College of Music, London

January 1992: California

University of California–Los Angeles; University of California–Davis; Stanford University

January 1990: East Coast

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; Georgetown University; Goucher College, Baltimore