Ashkenazy Leads Czech Philharmonic on U.S. Tour

Orchestra made its first appearance on West Coast with several dates.

Pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy is leading the Czech Philharmonic on a 16-performance tour of the U.S. The outing celebrates the 10th anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution, which bloodlessly overthrew Czechoslovakia's Communist government.

The tour, which opened March 13 in Miami, is the orchestra's first American tour since 1996 and has included its first dates on the West Coast.

Remaining dates for the outing are: Saturday (March 25) in Brookville, N.Y.; Sunday and Monday in New York; Thursday in Stoors, Conn.; Friday in Chicago; and April 1 in Ann Arbor, Mich.