The tour will begin March 20 at the Philharmonie Am Gasteig in Munich and conclude March 30 in the Vienna Konzerthaus. The orchestra will also perform in Cologne, D‹sseldorf, Essen, Friedrichshafen, Frankfurt, and Hannover, Germany, as well as Lucerne.
European presenters had requested an "all-American" program, according to the orchestra; works to be performed include the concert version of Porgy and Bess, featuring soprano Cynthia Haymon-Coleman and bass baritone Kevin Deas. Also scheduled are Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Ravel's Piano Concerto with Pascal Rog_.
The orchestra will be led by music director Carl St. Clair, who was principal guest conductor of the Radio Sinfonie Orchester Stuttgart from 1998 to 2004 and is a frequent guest conductor in Germany. He was recently appointed chief music director of the German National Theater and Staatskapelle in Weimar, Germany, the only non-European to hold that post in 500 years.
The 2005-06 season is the Symphony's last in the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Segerstrom Hall. It moves to its new home, the $200 million Ren_e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall designed by architect Cesar Pelli and acoustician Russell Johnson, this fall.