The concerts include works by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and Matthias Pintscher, but focus on the music of Beethoven, which was a theme of the orchestra's 2005-06 season.
Soprano Marisol Montalvo will join the orchestra for Pintscher's H_rodiade-Fragmente; baritone Matthias Goerne and tenor Nikolai Schukoff will be the soloists for Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
The tour opens with a performance in Frankfurt's Alte Oper as part of the Rheingau Musik Festival, followed by three concerts at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Other stops on the tour include the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Hamburg, the Bonn Beethovenfest, and the Musikfest Berlin. The tour closes with two concerts at the BBC Proms in London.
Christoph Eschenbach said, "It gives me great pleasure to tour the European music festivals with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the orchestra's first tour of the festivals in ten years."