I have also lamented the fact that American orchestras seriously ignore the music of their own countrymen, particularly on tour. In all honesty, what Russian would want to hear the NY Phil play Tchaikovsky or Shostakovich?
The tour is an opportunity for audiences here to experience a rarity these days: an orchestra that sounds like itself. The internationalization of classical music over the past few decades has resulted in more versatile ensembles but also more homogeneity.
Having heard this wonderful ensemble twice (in Chicago and in Prague itself), I could not agree more.
Wolfe goes on to write:
|The Rudolfinum, Prague|
Also at home, the orchestra is bucking the trend--musically and financially--that we're seeing on this side of the pond. Since 2000, musician salaries (while still quite low) have increased 60% and concerts--now offered three times/program instead of two--are playing to 90% houses, compared to around 65% not so long ago.
The Czech Phil's tour schedule appears below (N.B. dates read day/month/year).