NY Philharmonic in Cologne

A Big Apple is rolling to the banks of the Rhine River -- New York is sending the Philharmonic with music director Kurt Masur to Cologne for a productive break. The New York Philharmonic is starting its residency on October 8, to focus its attention on well-known works by Beethoven and Tchaikowsky for the following eight days. This is an atypical program, since most visiting American orchestras feature at least one American piece, and even the European works are in many cases 20th century pieces. On the other hand, the New York Philharmonic is not touring but pitching its tents comfortably in Cologne. The foyer at the Cologne Philharmonic shows an exhibition with historical documents of the orchestra's 156-year history -- old photographs, original scores and batons used by Maestros who died a long time ago. In addition, some of the orchestra musicians participate in public discussions, or they teach master classes for gifted students. The residence is closely watched in the United States. One of the nine concerts will be broadcast to New York via satellite, so it can be aired on radio stations all over the country. Georg Hirsch visited the orchestra in New York as it prepared for the trip.

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