The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will travel to Europe for the first time with its new music director, Jaap van Zweden, when it begins a nine-city, ten-concert tour on February 27, 2010. Repertoire for the tour will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, as well as Samuel Barber’s Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, in observance of the 100th anniversary of Barber’s birth in 2010. Concerts are planned in Amsterdam, van Zweden’s home city, as well as Vienna, plus four cities in England (Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Basingstoke) and two cities in Germany (Bielefeld, Berlin). Soloists for the concerts will include Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski, who will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, who is scheduled to play Britten’s Violin Concerto.
Photo of Jaap van Zweden by Gittings Photography