The great cultural institutions of Philadelphia should be experienced by every aficionado of music and art. After too long a hiatus, Great Performance Tours will return to America’s oldest historical city for a pair of sensational concerts by the revered Philadelphia Orchestra in the state-of-the-art Kimmel Center, both to be conducted by the ensemble’s dynamic Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. First will be a Concert Performance of Richard Strauss’s riveting opera Elektra featuring Christine Goerke’s triumphant portrayal of the title role. Second will be an all-Beethoven program of his Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 6 (‘Pastoral’) in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday. A third musical opportunity in Philadelphia will be the Rehearsal of an imaginative program by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, also at the Kimmel Center, which will include works by Poulenc, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

Less than two hours by bus from Philadelphia, Baltimore is of equal historic significance and today boasts the important Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) under the leadership of Marin Alsop, our most visible female conductor. We will transfer to Baltimore for an unusual back-to-back schedule of concerts showcasing the BSO in a program entitled Baroque Favorites; to be followed the next evening by a sold-out Recital by the dazzling Russian-born pianist Evgeny Kissin.  

During our daytimes, we will visit two of the nation’s priceless museums. Our reservation at Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation will save us from standing in line for entry into the renowned collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings; and we have chosen our Baltimore hotel for its proximity to the eclectic treasures of the Walters Museum.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $2,975
Single Occupancy: $3,555