The Minnesota Orchestra is touring Europe for the next two weeks, but you’ll still be able to follow their exploits on a day-to-day basis.
The orchestra has set up an “e-tour” page that gives people the opportunity to follow the tour as it winds through London, Germany, Luxembourg and Vienna. The website, according to plans, will include blogs and two-way conversations, along with postings of reviews and other stories about the orchestra.
In addition, performances by the orchestra, most of them recordings, are being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 every night this week, with each program hosted by Brian Newhouse of Minnesota Public Radio. Tuesday’s concert by the Minnesota Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre will be broadcast live by the BBC, and via recording will be re-broadcast Friday (Feb. 27) at 8 p.m. on MPR’s classical station, 99.5 FM.
Friday’s re-broadcast concert essentially replicates the program heard last week in Orchestra Hall as the orchestra prepared for the tour. It includes Joshua Bell performing Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, as well as orchestral performances of John Adams’ “Slonimsky’s Earbox” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. This time, however, you’ll be able to hear the audience’s reaction.
The tour ends March 5.