While the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) makes its way through Europe from September 23 – October 7 on their seven city tour, patrons back home are offered the unusual luxury of having two sources for a behind the scenes peek at what it takes to move a top-tier orchestra through a major European tour…
Officially, the CSO maintains a special your website at http://www.cso.org/europe2007 which provides a very nice array of photos and news snippets. At the same time, The CSO Bass Blog, written by CSO bassist Michael Hovnanian, is providing a look into how the tour unfolds from a musician’s perspective.
Unlike the CSO offering, which focuses on a wonderful set of photographs, Michael’s blog focuses squarely on events from a player’s perspective and you’re bound to discover a number of things you may not have been aware of. For example, did you know that CSO musicians can book their own travel and lodging arrangements or the level of anxiety some musicians feel every time they open their instrument’s travel case (cue music from The Godfather)?
I can’t encourage everyone enough to take the time to visit both offerings, you’ll be glad you did.