Photos from the Cincinnati Symphony in the U.K.

As you know, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is making an historic tour to the Edinburgh International Festival as well as the BBC Proms in London this weekend as part of their three-week European tour. Tonight, they play in Usher Hall in Edinburgh. One of the featured numbers is Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” featuring British actor Charles Dance (yes, that Charles Dance from “Game of Thrones”) as narrator.

Because I’m not traveling along this time, I’ll try to keep you updated as I get the news. After they arrived Wednesday morning, most musicians set out sightseeing in the hills, and I’m sure, to Edinburgh Castle, which is close to their hotel.Oh, and in case you missed it, they brought along two of their newest players.

The CSO is documenting the tour, too, on their website. Check out this interactive map of the tour stops.

But now, after a day off, the tour begins in earnest. As we speak, Louis Langrée and the orchestra are performing in Usher Hall. Here’s tonight’s program:

BERNSTEIN Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
COPLAND Lincoln Portrait (narrator TBA)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

You can read an update of some of the week’s news here.

Below are a few photos from the week, thanks to Chris Pinelo and Owen Lee.

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Louis Langrée leads the CSO in their first rehearsal of the tour in Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
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A view of Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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Stage crew from the CSO and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall “load in” for the first concert. The cargo was air-lifted out of Chicago after packing up in Cincy.
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Langrée appears in a live interview on BBC Radio 3
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Charles Dance narrates Lincoln’s words in “Lincoln Portrait” during the rehearsal.
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Principal bassist Owen Lee
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