The Orchestra receives a standing ovation after a concert at the Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum.
(Photo by Chris Lee)

The New York Philharmonic returned to international touring with its first-ever appearances at the Usedom Music Festival, on an island in the Baltic Sea, becoming the first US orchestra to travel overseas since the pandemic. Music Director Jaap van Zweden and the Orchestra performed a series of concerts at the site of a former Nazi weapon testing facility during World War II — a transformation that is a statement of peace, freedom, and unity among nations. Pianist Jan Lisiecki, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and baritone Thomas Hampson were the featured soloists, and the repertoire ranged from Beethoven and Bartók to European premieres by Nina Shekhar and Joan Tower. The festival also marked a collaboration with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, where members of both orchestras performed Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony side-by-side.

Coming up tonight: Musicians from the New York Philharmonic and Baltic Sea Philharmonic return for the festival’s final chamber music concert, featuring works by Barber, Brahms, and Mozart.