Chaperon (and Music Director of the New York Philharmonic) Alan Gilbert packed it up again (we last checked-in a few months ago with Gilbert during his "Asian Horizons" tour) from NYC's Upper West Side and took his orchestra on a European tour. Swapping-out skyscrapers for Gaudi, the NY Philharmonic just gave their first concert in their inaugural city of Barcelona at the Palau de la Música Catalana.
Nine cities in total, the tour will take them through Europe (Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France, and England) in a scatter-shot program. Even American baritone Thomas Hampson is along for the ride, performing Adams' The Wound Dresser.The NYPhils are tweeting the event live from Europe, where you can watch and even vicariously munch on delicious seafood with those famished musicians as they get their grub on at a Barcelona marisquería.
We're also rather fond of the photos, especially the one below -- homage to a bit of NYC SoHo style: Jil Sander's first collection for Uniqlo (or a worthy approximation) isanely popular piume jacket, modeled by NYPhil violinist Hae-Young Ham...reprezent! And stay warm!