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October 18 – 31, 2004
First tour to North America

Tour repertoire to include Berlioz, Weber, Elgar, Beethoven, and a specially-commissioned percussion concerto by Bright Sheng.  Ms. Glennie will also perform a Vivaldi concerto on the same program!

Music Director Bramwell Tovey regularly leads major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Tovey is also Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony.

Founded in 1933, the national orchestra of the Duchy of Luxembourg has performed in Europe’s finest concert halls, including the Vienna Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.  It’s many recordings have won all the major prizes: Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros, Gramophone Award, Prix Cécilia, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Cannes Classical Award (2002).

Recordings:  Timpani

“accurate, characterful and persuasive performances” - Gramophone



Bramwell Tovey, Chief Conductor and Musical Director

Since its founding in 1933, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (formerly RTL Symphony) has played a vital role in the musical life of the Grand Duchy. Originally a privately run radio orchestra, the entire organization of eighty musicians, administration, and technical staff was taken over by the state in 1996 within the framework of the newly formed Henri Pensis Foundation.

The international reputation of the orchestra was consolidated through numerous concerts, recordings, and radio and television productions during the tenures of its three long-time principal conductors: Henri Pensis, Louis de Froment, and Leopold Hager.  From 1997 to 2000 David Shallon was musical director of the OPL.  Since then, the orchestra has experienced a new impetus: expansion from eighty to ninety-three musicians, new emphases in programming - along with the classic-romantic literature, the great moderns as well as contemporary composers are particularly stressed in an already extensive repertoire. From September 2002 the British conductor Bramwell Tovey is Chief Conductor and Musical Director of the O.P.L. Also starting in September 2002, Emmanuel Krivine will return regularly to the orchestra as their preferred guest conductor. 

Among the many guest artists who have worked with the O.P.L are the conductors Yuri Ahronovich, Ivor Bolton, Pierre Cao, Aldo Ceccato, Alexander Dmitriev, Adam Fischer, Claus-Peter Flor, Hans Graf, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck, Milan Horvat, Eliahu Inbal, Paavo Järvi, Dmitri Kitaienko, Jan Krenz, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Sakari Oramo, Krzysztof Penderecki,  Jerzy Semkov, Vassili Sinaisky, Stanislas

Skrowaczewski, Hubert Soudant, Marc Soustrot, Vladimir Spivakov, Arturo Tamayo and Bruno Weil; as soloist, Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Juliane Banse, Olaf Bär, Boris Belkin, Rudolf Buchbinder, Gérard Caussé, Sarah Chang, Elisabeth Chojnacka, Michel Dalberto, François-René Duchable, Véronique Gens, Françoise Groben, Ingrid Haebler, Andreas Haefliger, Nobuko Imai, Steven Isserlis, Peter Jablonski, Mariette Kemmer, Zoltan Kocsis, Elisabeth Leonskaïa, Dame Felicity Lott, Truls Moerk, Viktoria Mullova, Olli Mustonen, Emmanuel Pahud, Boris Pergamenchikov, Mikhail Pletnev, Deszö Ranki, Vadim Repin, Mstislav Rostropovich (also as conductor), Brigitte Schäfer, Dmitri Sitkovetzki, Bo Skovhus, Vladimir Spivakov, Akiko Suwanai, Christian Tetzlaff, José Van Dam, Maxim Vengerov, Radovan Vlatkovic, Lars Vogt, Arcadi Volodos, Peter Wispelwey, Christian Zacharias, Krystian Zimerman, Frank-Peter Zimmermann, and Tabea Zimmermann.

The OPL appears regularly abroad in regional exchange concerts (Saarbrücken, Metz, Liège, Brussels) and in international music festivals : Salzburg (Mozartwoche), Ascona, Rheingau, "Musik Herbsttage" in Bad Urach, "Festival des Cathédrales" in the Picardie (France), "Ars Musica" in Brussels,  "Saarland-Festspiele" and "Antiken-Festspiele" inTrier.  It has appeared in concert in the Cologne Philharmonie, the Düsseldorf Konzerthalle, the Frankfurt Alte Oper, the Stuttgart Liederhalle, the Munich Gasteig, the Berlin Schlosstheater, the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Vienna Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow as well as in Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Bordeaux, Lisbon (on the occasion of the world exhibition) and Wroclaw.  Extensive tours have taken the orchestra through Germany and Austria to Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.

The OPL releases two or three CDs per season, mostly in collaboration with the French record label Timpani (  World première recordings and new discoveries have attracted attention, and not only that of specialists.  Recordings of the complete orchestral works of Cras and Ohana have already been completed or, as Xenakis, are underway ; first-ever recordings of Bloch, Lili Boulanger, Honegger,

Magnard, Martinu, Pierné, Poulenc, Ropartz (his opera "Le Pays") or Roussel have been distinguished with numerous international prizes (Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros, Gramophone Award, Prix Cécilia, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis). In January 2002 the orchestra received 2 „Cannes Classical Awards" of the MIDEM for its CD with works by the french composer Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937): „Record of the Year" and „Best Recording Orchestral Music 20th Century".

The Louvigny Quartet (soloists of the O.P.L.) have recently recorded the Piano Quintet and String Quartet by Jean Cras, in September they will record the Piano Quintet by Gabriel Dupont (another première).

During the season 2002/2003 the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg will make a big tour through Austria, Croatia, northern Italy and Germany. The orchestra will give concerts in Prague (National Theatre), Athens (Megaron), Utrecht, Enschede, Aachen, Brussels (Palais des Beaux-Arts), Liège, Völklingen (Saarland Festspiele) and Strasburg. In October/November 2003 the orchestra will make its first extensive tour in Asia (China and Korea).

Chief Conductor and Music Director
Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra

Bramwell Tovey, the outstanding British conductor, is working with an increasingly  prestigious list of orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

He was appointed Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony in September 2000, and enjoyed great success in his first season with this orchestra in a broad range of programming from the opening night of Mahler Symphony No. 1 to the choral masterpiece by Benjamin Britten, the War Requiem. Also in this season, Mr Tovey made his debut with the New York Philharmonic and has worked with the London Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Bramwell Tovey conducts a huge range of works across the whole of the musical spectrum. His strong commitment to new music was demonstrated during his time as a Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada where he founded a New Music Festival and was its Artistic Director for 10 years. During that time the Festival premiered more than 250 new works by a broad range of international and Canadian composers. Practically all of these concerts were broadcast on the CBC in Canada. Tovey also has a strong affinity with choral works and has conducted works from Mahler's Symphony No. 8 through to Bach's Mass in B Minor.  He also has premiered new choral works including the oratorio Resurrection by Canadian Composer Victor Davies.  In the opera house he has conducted operas by Puccini, Strauss, Mozart, Menotti, Poulenc, Britten and most recently Stravinsky, when he conducted The Rake's Progress with the Edmonton Opera.  Further plans include the premiere of a new opera on a joint commission from the Banff Centre and the Calgary Opera for 2003.

In recent seasons, Bramwell Tovey has conducted orchestras across Canada including the Toronto Symphony, the Calgary Symphony, the Montreal Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa).  In the UK, he has performed with the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Orchestra.  In recent seasons he has also performed with orchestras including the Belgian National Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Leipzig Radio Orchestra and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, where he conducted a special concert with Bryn Terfel in September 1999.

In addition to conducting, Bramwell has a range of interests including  composition where most recently his new Cello Concerto was premiered at the New Music Festival in Winnipeg in January 2001.  He has also composed for brass band and enjoyed great success with his Requiem premiered by the Hannaford Street Silver Band in Toronto in 2000.  This work will be recorded in Spring 2001.  Mr Tovey is an accomplished jazz pianist and has enjoyed performing and recording in that idiom over the years.

Bramwell Tovey has a well deserved reputation as an exceptional communicator.  His debut on the renowned Young People's series of the New York Philharmonic last season resulted in immediate re-invitation to conduct more concerts on that series and additional concerts as part of the New York Philharmonic's regular season.

Bramwell Tovey's work for television includes two documentaries with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a special production of Sleeping Beauty for British television.  In Canada, CBC TV recently broadcast a special Adrienne Clarkson presentation Revelation on the world premiere of Victor Davies Oratorio, premiered by Tovey and the Winnipeg Symphony.

Tovey holds an honorary Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg. He was awarded the Canada 125th Anniversary Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canadian cultural life.  In 1999 Bramwell Tovey received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Manitoba and the Joan Chalmers Award for Artistic Direction, a prestigious Canadian prize worth $25,000 awarded for an outstanding contribution in a professional performing arts organization.

Bramwell Tovey was appointed Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, a post he took up in September 2002.  He looks forward to bringing a broad range of repertoire, in addition to leading the orchestra for recording projects and annual international tours.

October 2002

Evelyn Glennie

To individually list all of Evelyn's awards and achievements is not only impossible but a pointless exercise. For the first ten years of her career virtually every performance Evelyn gave was in some way a first. The first time an orchestra had performed with a percussion soloist, the first solo percussion performance at a venue or festival or the world premiere of a new percussion concerto.

Evelyn gives more than 100 performances a year all over the world to universal critical acclaim from the toughest of reviewers in many of the world's most esteemed publications. The fact that Evelyn has performed with virtually all of the world's finest orchestras and greatest conductors in the most famous concert halls only proves that Evelyn is one of the world's top international concert soloists and the most in demand solo percussionist in the world. What takes Evelyn a step beyond the ranks of the elite is that she combines her superb technical abilities, a profound appreciation of the visual elements of percussion along with her astonishing musicality to create performances of such stunning vitality that they almost constitute a new type of performance. To this end Evelyn has commissioned over one hundred new works for solo percussion from many of the world's most talented composers. Despite all the advice to the contrary, Evelyn is not only the first person to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist in the history of classical music but is redefining the goals and expectations of percussion students, orchestras, concert promoters and the general public the world over.

Evelyn's recording career has been as illustrious as her performing career. Evelyn's first CD, a recording of Bartok's "Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion" won her a Grammy in 1988. Rather than an ambition achieved, winning the most highly regarded recording prize in the world was only the first step for Evelyn. Subsequent solo recordings have earned a further two Grammy nominations, one of which won in 2002 (Bela Fleck collaboration for Sony Classical), a Classic CD Award and great critical acclaim. Evelyn's twelfth solo CD, Shadow Behind the Iron Sun (BMG Records) was based on a radical concept and has once again questioned people's expectations. Despite working a relentless schedule Evelyn is in constant demand to release new recordings, seventeen so far, the most recent being 'Oriental Landscapes' (BIS) and 'Fractured Lines' by Mark-Anthony Turnage (Chandos).

Outside of actual performance Evelyn excels in everything to which she turns her hand. From writing a bestselling autobiography, Good Vibrations, to hosting two series of her own television programs for the BBC. Evelyn regularly appears on television across the world, most recent appearances include The David Letterman Show (USA), Sesame Street (USA), The Michael Barrymore Show (UK) and presenting and performing on Songs of Praise (UK). Evelyn's Commonwealth Games Festival Concert was broadcast on BBC4 and she is currently collaborating with the renowned film director Thomas Riedelsheimer on a new film.

Evelyn composes and records music for film and television. As in her performance career, Evelyn has already made a significant impact. Evelyn's first foray into the area of TV commercials resulted in such innovative music that it was subsequently paraphrased by others. Her first high quality drama produced a score so original she was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (BAFTA's); the UK equivalent of the Oscars.

Evelyn Glennie has already achieved virtually every accolade or ambition of which any aspiring musician could possibly dream. In 1993 at the age of 27, Evelyn was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for her services to music. Throughout all of this Evelyn still retains the same level of drive and determination and is currently studying for her Psychology and Law degrees through the Open University. Talking with Evelyn, either privately or on air, is a humbling experience. Seeing how unaffected she is by her amazing accomplishments is enough to make you question your understanding of what is possible. Evelyn herself though, feels she has barely scratched the surface. She is still full of drive and enthusiasm and is brimming with ideas to improve the experience for the audience and redefine the very format of live performance itself.


8th  Cannes Classical Awards

The Integral Of The Ballet Music Of Gabriel Pierné "Cydalise And The Goat Foot" By The Philharmonic Orchestra Of Luxembourg

Under The Direction Of David Shallon

(Timpani) Was Proclaimed, Sunday Evening, "Disc of The Year"

(selected among the 22 titles selected in 19 categories) to the prize list of the 81 Cannes Classical Awards Prix international of the disc, made public within the framework of the international Market of the disc and the musical edition (MIDEM) of Cannes.  Among the about sixty productions presented (three named in each category) appeared this year two CDs of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg (the first volume of work for orchestra of Iannis Xenakis and CD "Cydalise and the Goat Foot" of Gabriel Pierné recorded by late David Shallon which unfortunately never was able to hear it).

This disc also obtained the Prize in its category (concerting orchestral Music:  first impression on CD) and comes to enrich the prize list by the distinctions already allotted by the international press and the Academy Charles Cros.  I "Cydalise and the Goat Foot" by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg disc of the year In a short speech, thanking the jury, Olivier Frank, director of the OPL, recalled how much the disc result a true policy in this field counted in the current expansion of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg.  This policy besides will be maintained and intensified during the year 2002 with the recording of the third volume of work for orchestra of Xenakis and the second volume of lyric works of Guy Ropartz.  The prize list Cannes classical awards is established by the writers as a head and collaborators of specialized reviews of traditional discs of seven countries  (six of Europe and the United States).  J & L ~L T, zecz


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Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Standing Ovation for the OPL

The public in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam greeted with enthusiasm the concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg, last Thursday.  To two recoveries after the Concerto for violin and orchestra of Tchaïkovsky and after the 4th Symphony of Johannes Brahms the public rose spontaneously to lengthily applaud the musicians and their soloist, the Russian violonist Dimitri Sitkovetsky, placed under the direction of Vassily Sinaisky. 

The great hall of Concertgebouw was filled to the last of her 2000 places.  In the assistance were the ambassador of Luxembourg in the Netherlands, Jean Graf, the Foreign Minister of PaysBas, Jozias van.  Artsen, as well as many diplomats of the other European Convention countries.  Luxembourg was also represented by the director of the ministry for the Culture, Guy Dockendorf, and chair it Foundation Henri Pensis, Jean Hoss.  The philharmonic concert of lOrchestre of Luxembourg was under the cycle of, Robeco Zomerkonzerten ".


FAZ, Wiesbaden Germany
16 July 2002

Strength instead of pathos;  The Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg with the Fourth Sinfonie of Brahms in Wiesbaden

With two, glowing romantic standard works from the golden age as the Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg made itself recognized as an outstanding orchestra in the Wiesbaden center with the castle yard plays Eltville: with Tschaikowskys ' Violinkonzert D Dur from the year 1878 and the 1885 completed Sinfonie No. 4 e Moll OI 98 of Brahms. 

Both works were raised and I in no regard were disappointed nevertheless expectations to the interpretation thereby surely.  So Tschaikowskys Violinkonzert extremely authentically, i.e. in the best sense Russian.  At the podium was Wassily Sinaisky, the director of music of many years of the Muscow Philharmonic stood, at the stage Vadim Gluzman.  Into the Ukraine born, only 26 years old Violinist, who has the outstanding Russian teacher Zakhar Bron among its teachers, unfolded on its Stradivari a clay/tone  technical brilliant voluminous with naturally working virtuosity - perfect intonation and magnifying glass clean, played it nevertheless at the same time emphatically and full passion up.  His identification with the work was noticeable.  Particularly the solo cadence in the first movement, singing and inside light in the Canzonetta, ambitiously rapidly the final. 

Luxembourg, which changed over some years ago as a broadcast orchestra of the private into the national orchestra, created in 1933, was under Sinaisky’s  prudent line phrasing very flexibly.  The sound was altogether pleasantly darkly sounded, coloured considerably shaped by the homogeneous  tone and was also very cleanly balanced.  For the cordial applause Gluzman thanked the audience with an encore.

Exemplary orchestra discipline and strong team spirit demonstrated the Luxembergers also with the fourth Sinfonie by Brahms.  Full for this work particularly suitable straight in its color mix in addition in the best way with the full clean play, not just  sadly complaining composition.  The Impetus in the three Allegio Satzen) rit, mît. Mo mente the relaxation gave it only in the Andante moderato, whereby also created a great climax.  The obligatory encore was the Hungarian Dance of Brahms.  Dance No. 5 g NIol GUIDO WOOD


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It was a marvelous concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg this Thursday evening the violinist Dmitri Sitkovetski vigorously played the Concerto for Violin of Tsjaikowsky, although its intonation in the highest positions and in the double cords is not always perfect, nor its impassioned play always so subtle.  Not being not an only violinist but also head of the orchestra he  turned on any subject to the orchestra to indicate to the various groups of instruments their attacks in their giving signs of head and convulsions of body.

The next time It will make better leave that to Vassili Sinaiski, a head who could direct his orchestra with an intelligence masterly through works.  Especially the Brahms 4th has a profusion of (Malls) and colors of flax jewel, this orchestra, with its beautiful rich sonority and its intense manner to make music moreover, it is distinguished in the whole world force with its magnificent recordings documenting contemporary composers, including the oevure for orchestra of lannis Xenakis.  Could it return with such a program, the Luxembourg orchestra?  16 07 2002 15:09


Tuesday, 16 July 20
Wiesbadener Courier

The castle yard Eltville presented now the  appearance of the Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg as one of the symphonic high points of the meeting sequence of this year.  The orchestra, "representative of the Grand Duchy", whose principal conductor will be starting from September 2002 Bramwell Tovey, was led by Vassily Sinaisky, that boss of the Moscow Philharmonic orchestra.  He led emotionally, determined less on formal discrimination than mindful, glowing darkly its Brahms rendition in the Wiesbadener center who of, on evolutive Dramatik.  This does not mean however by any means that he would not have worked with that outstanding disposed to detail, which caper-rang out itself for instance at the in the best way prepared Holzblaeser Soli or the flexible prove should.  Exemplarily Fur the self-sufficiency of the interpretational concept was also the renouncement of a one-sided orientation of the Passacaglia final.  Already the monumentality increases of the Andante moderato a delightful counterweight was set fiery virtuosos, was the first part of the evening the Russian Violinist Vadim Gluzman had its interpretation of the Tschaikowsky Violinkonzerts with great speed, in addition, more remarkably for EN and demands there. 

Bramwell Tovey, Music Director
Evelyn Glennie, Percussion soloist

Subject to Change


Berlioz                       Roman Carnival


Beethoven            Leonora No. 3


Weber                        Oberon


Bright Sheng            Concerto for vibraphone and orchestra (2004, commissioned by the Luxembourg Philharmonic for Ms. Glennie, and for this tour)

And  Vivaldi            Concerto (transcribed) for vibraphone and string orchestra


Second Half

Elgar              Enigma Variations


Beethoven            Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

Discography on Tympani

Cover Art


Poèmes d'automne • Psaumes • Hiver - Printemps
In the night
Mireille Delunsch. sop. - Brigitte Balleys, mezzo -
Vincent Le Texier, bar. DAVID SHALLON

3 Psaumes • Vieille prière bouddhique • Pour les funérailles d'un soldat • D'un soir triste • D'un matin de printemps
Sonia de Beaufort, mezzo - Martial Defontaine, ténor Vincent Le Texier, bar. - Choeur symphonique de Namur

Journal de bord • Ames d'enfants
Légende, cello/orchestra • Concerto pour piano
Henri Demarquette, cello • Alain Jacquon, piano
Grand prix Académie Charles Cros 
Boitier 2 cd's

Piano Quintet • String Quartet
Alain Jacquon, piano - Quatuor Louvigny

Polyphème (Opéra intégral)
Armand Arapian, Sophie Marin-Degor, Yann Beuron, Valérie Debize, Choeur
Régional Vittoria d'Ile-de-France
Boitier 3 cd's 

Poème pour piano et quatuor à cordes
La maison dans les dunes
François Kerdoncuff, piano

Le Dit des jeux du monde • Concerto da camera
Etienne Plasman, fléte - Nicolas Chalvin, oboe

James Joyce Chamber Music o Protuberanzen o
Intarsi o Tenebrae
Giovanna Reitano, harpe - Miklos Nagy, cor -Michael
Wendeberg, piano

Hymne à Vénus • Hymne à la Justice • Ouverture
Suite dans le style ancien • Chant funèbre

Fantaisie • Les Rondes • Musique de chambre n°1 • Nonette
Solistes de l'O.P.L.
Jacques Tchamkerten, Ondes Martenot
François Kerdoncuff, piano
Mark Foster (cond. Nonette)

Cello concerto "in dark and blue"
Piano Concerto • T'Harân-Ngô
S. Wieder-Atherton, cello - J.-C. Pennetier, piano

Tombeau de Claude Debussy • Silenciaire
Chiffres de clavecin
E. Chojnacka, clavecin - S. Sullé, soprano
L. Morabito, cithare - Ch. Ivaldi, piano

Livres des Prodiges • Anneau du Tamarit • Synaxis

Le clavecin
Miroir de Célestine • Deux Pièces pour clavecin • So tango
Sacral d'Ilx • Carillons • Tiento • Sarabande
Arturo TAMAYO 

La musique de chambre
Quatre Improvisations • Neumes • Syrtes • Sarc • Noctuaire • Satyres • Kypris

Cydalise et le Chèvre-pied
Grand Prix Académie Charles Cros
CD of the Year 2001 (MIDEM-CANNES)

Les animaux modèles • Sinfonietta
Top Selection Classic CD

Le Pays (Opéra intégral)
M. Delunsch - G. Ragon - O. Lallouette
Boitier 2 cd's

La Chasse du Prince Arthur - Quatre Odelettes - Cloche des morts - Quatre Poèmes - Soir sur les chaumes
Cécile Perrin, soprano
Vincent Le Texier, baryton
Emmanuel KRIVINE

Quatuor à cordes - Trio à cordes

Aïs • Tracées • Empreintes • Noomena • Roao
Spryros Sakkas, baryton
Béatrice Daudin, percussion

Jonchaies - Shaar - Lichens - Antikhthon

Synaphaï - Horos - Eridanos - Kyania
Hiroaki Ooï, piano

Personal & Biased Comments About The Artist

On successive nights last January, in the concert hall of the Luxembourg Conservatory, I heard two orchestras.  The first was the Berlin Staatskapelle under Daniel Barenboim and the second was the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.  Berlin was predictably excellent, with waves of dark, beautiful string sound – a tough act to follow!  The Luxembourgers held their own very capably.  It’s a different sound – brighter in the strings and with more pointed attacks from the winds.  But it was a beautiful, beautifully tuned performance, and I expect a great response on tour here.

In a way, it would be a surprise if Luxembourg did not have an excellent orchestra.  The country is cosmopolitan mix of primarily French and German cultures right in the heart of western Europe.  Quite a few international corporations have offices there, and the population enjoys the highest per capita income in Europe.

The government is strongly behind the orchestra as evidenced by the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg’s attendance at the January concert (they missed their chance to meet me).  It seemed that most of official Luxembourg turned out.  The Ministry of Culture has made foreign touring by the orchestra a priority.  We have a nice tour in the works.

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