Our biannual international concert tour is a great opportunity for our musicians to experience other cultures, including sightseeing and guided tours. But most importantly our members have the opportunity to bring the joy of music from San Jose to the rest of the world through the wonderful performances by our talented member musicians!
Summer 2017 Concert Tour of Croatia, Austria and Hungary
From June 25th to July 7th, the San Jose Youth Symphony’s Philharmonic Orchestra will tour Europe to perform in some of the top musical centers of the world: Zagreb, Croatia; Vienna, Austria; and Budapest, Hungary!
Among the renowned concert halls where they will be performing are Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb and Vigadó Concert Hall in Budapest.
The orchestra members will also spend a few days in the beautiful
coastal resort of Split, Croatia, where they will perform at either the Croatian National Theatre or Republic Square by the Diocletian Palace.
Along with performances, our tour will offer wonderful opportunities to explore the places we will visit, including sightseeing tours, a boat cruise through the city of Split, one of the Adriatic’s most vibrant port cities, stunningly located between the mountains and the sea.
In Austria, we will spend time in Eisenstaedt, home of Joseph Haydn. We will enjoy a guided tour through Esterházy Palace including Haydn’s Mausoleum.
In Budapest, we will get the chance to ride the funicular on Castle Hill to the cobbled streets of the Old Town, as well as receive a guided tour through the 13th century Matthias Church and Heroes’ Square.
All friends and family members interested in joining our orchestra on this once-in-a-lifetime tour are welcome~ Friends and family members travel along with our musicians and stay with them in the same, superior 3- and 4- star hotels. They are free to spend the days as they like, or join in the group tours, as they choose and at their whim. And of course, the tour fee includes admission to all the concerts where the orchestra will perform, where we will be there to enjoy and cheer them on!
For more information bout joining the 2017 Tour, please contact the SJYS Office.
2015 Concert Tour of Spain and Portugal
During the summer of 2015, the Philharmonic Orchestra enjoyed an exciting and successful tour to Spain and Portugal. Starting from Lisbon, the musicians had a day to tour the city, and then perform in a concert in Setúbal, attended by the Ambassador to the United States.
The orchestra also performed at Granada’s famed International Festival of Dance and Music.
Check out these excerpts from the concerts in Spain!
The orchestra performed Emmanuel Chabrier’s España and Eduoard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, featuring guest soloist, Max Zorin. They concluded each concert with Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony.
Our biannual international tour is a great opportunity for our musicians to experience other cultures, including sightseeing and guided tours. But most importantly our members have the opportunity to bring the joy of music from San Jose to the rest of the world through the wonderful performances by our talented member musicians!
2013 Eastern European Tour
The Eastern European Tour was another successful trip for the Philharmonic Orchestra. Our musicians played at some of the most beautiful concert halls in the region.
A live Performance!
Stopping for a group photo
The 2011 European Tour
It was hot and humid, temperatures in the 90s and 90% humidity. There were tourists everywhere and gelato was flying off the shelves as fast as they could be served. We did a lot of walking, sightseeing, and enjoyed every minute of it!
But we did not forget our purpose. We were here to bring music and good will from San Jose to Italy, Austria, and Germany. We had many rehearsals, sound checks, and performed five concerts in four cities including one of the most prestigious venue in the world, the Mozarteum in Salzburg. We were extremely proud of our musicians for working under such strenuous conditions and thankful for Yair’s direction. We had standing ovations at every concert and soloist Hannah Tarley performed brilliantly with the orchestra. We were so fortunate to have her be part of our team.
However, our proudest achievements went beyond the concerts and the sightseeing. Two of the concerts we performed were also charity events. The concert at the Mozarteum in Salzburg raised over 6,000 euros for the Wheel Chair Dancers. (Austrian TV footage) The concert at Bad Aibling with the local school orchestra was a fundraising event for Fukushima, Japan. It really shows music is the common language for all mankind and there are no boundaries in our passion, dedication, and appreciation for music. It is a great privilege for us to be a part of these charity concerts!
Here are photos from Rome and Rieti, Pisa, Florence and Venice, Salzburg, Bad Aibling and Munich, and a video excerpt of the performance at the Mozarteum. And in case you were wondering about the William Tell …
2009 South America Tour
In June 2009, the Philharmonic Orchestra became the first youth orchestra from the west coast to visit South America. We visited Chile and Argentina, performing six concerts in five cities. We collaborated with the Chilean National Youth Orchestra (video) for a joint concert. It was attended by the Hon. Paul Simon, U.S. Ambassador to Chile and Ms. Luisa Duran (former First Lady of Chile and Chair of the Chilean National Youth Orchestra). We also gave two benefit concerts in under-privileged neighborhoods. The highlight of our tour was the concert held in the historic Teatro El Circulo in Rosario, Argentina.
2007 Eastern Europe Tour
In the summer of 2007 the Philharmonic Orchestra performed five concerts to sold out houses on their Eastern European tour, which included some of Europe’s most eminent concert halls, among them the Dvorak Concert Hall, the Chopin and the Liszt Academies of Music. The Philharmonic performed for local dignitaries at several of their concerts including the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, the Hon. Richard Graber, and the U.S. Ambassador to Poland, the Hon. Victor Ashe. In Hungary, US Ambassador the Hon. April Foley presented the orchestra with the Ambassador Award for Cultural Diplomacy.