ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE IN US
April 27 - May 2, 2008
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will visit major cities in the northeast United States during a six-concert tour from April 27 - May 2. After a performance in Boston on April 27, the orchestra will present concerts in Washington D.C. (28th) and Philadelphia (29th). The Boston concert will feature Tchaikovsy: Symphony No. 5, Washington D.C. will include Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, and Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 will be performed in Philadelphia. All three of these concerts, as well as the first concert to follow in New York, will also feature David Fray performing Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2. Maestro Masur and the ONF will travel to the New York area for three concerts: on April 30 at Avery Fisher Hall the program will feature works of Beethoven and Dvorak; the following evening Maestro Masur will be joined by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter who will perform Beethoven and Dutilleux in a program that will also include Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; on May 2, the orchestra will repeat the Beethoven and Bruckner program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. For complete details, view the Calendar.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE ESSEN RESIDENCY
February 1-3, 2008
Kurt Masur and the Orchestra National de France will present a three-concert residency at the Philharmonie in Essen from February 1-3, 2008. The theme of the residency is French/German exchanges and is reflected in the programs, each of which features works of both German and French composers. The first concert will pair Franck: Psyche with Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony. For the second concert, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will join Maestro Masur in performances of Beethoven romances and Henri Dutilleux's "Sur le Meme Accord", on a program that also features Schubert: Symphony No. 9. The final concert will include Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Debussy: La Mer and Ravel: La Valse. For complete details, view the Calendar.


VIENNA AND COLOGNE RESIDENCIES: BEETHOVEN AND BRUCKNER
Kurt Masur and the Orchestra National de France will present residencies in Vienna and Cologne during 2008 that will pair Beethoven's piano concertos with Bruckner's Symphonies.

Vienna: Five concerts at the Musikverein
These concerts will feature all five of Beethoven's piano concertos and Bruckner's Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9. The first three concerts will take place in late February 2008, with the remaining two in November.

Cologne: Three concerts at the Philharmonie
In Cologne (one concert in September 2007, two in February 2008), the concerts will feature the first three Beethoven concertos, along with Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 and 9.


ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE IN BRITAIN
November 12-17, 2007
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France on a five-concert tour of Britain from November 12-17. The tour will visit the cities of Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds. In all concerts, pianist Louie Lortie will perform Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23. Manchester and Glasgow will also hear performances of Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 3, while in the remaining cities, Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 will be presented. For complete details, view the Calendar.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE IN WESTERN EUROPE
September 15-27, 2007
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will visit cities in Germany, France, Switzerland, and Belgium during 10 concerts September 15-27. The tour begins in Montreux, with Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 and Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, performed by Joshua Bell. Mr. Bell will also perform the concerto on September 16 in Braunschweig and September 23 in Frankfurt, both of which concerts will also feature Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture and Dvorak: Symphony No. 9. For six concerts, Masur will be joined by pianist David Fray in performance of Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2: September 17 in Celle, the 20th in Berlin, the 21st in Besancon, the 22nd in Freiburg, the 24th in Stuttgart and the 25th in Cologne. These concerts also feature Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, which is also the sole work on the program at the Cathedrale St. Bavon in Gent on September 18. For complete details, view the Calendar.