Dallas Symphony postpones Europe tour; PSO's visit remains on schedule

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced today its decision to postpone its April concert tour of Europe, "citing safety concerns in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, Calif.," reports Michael Cooper in The New York Times. (In an unrelated move, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra last week canceled its May tour to Spain, citing economic conditions in that country.)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which plans to embark on a 14-concert tour to Europe in May and June 2016, said it does not plan to alter its own travel schedule. 

"At this point in time, the Pittsburgh Symphony is planning to move forward with its tour," Louise Sciannameo, vice president of public affairs, said in a telephone interview. "With all the facts available to us at this point, we feel our decision is appropriate."

The Dallas Symphony Association said it made its decision "based on extensive conversations with national and international security professionals," according to Mr. Cooper's post. When asked whether the PSO was involved in similar conversations, Ms. Sciannameo said, "I can tell you that whenever we tour, we always consult with security officials."

Led by music director Manfred Honeck, the PSO's tour includes visits to seven cities in Germany; Vienna and Bregenz, Austria; Basel, Switzerland; and Brussels, Belgium. The tour, the PSO's first international trip since 2013, will be centered on a residency at Vienna's Musikverein, considered one of the world's greatest concert venues. It will feature solo performances by pianist Daniil Trifonov, percussionist Martin Grubinger and violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos.


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