NSO Tour in Russia: Friday in St. Petersburg

NSO musicians wait on the platform at one of Moscow’s train stations to board the fast train to St. Petersburg on Friday.

NSO Principal viola Dan Foster chats with Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter during the train ride to St. Petersburg on Friday.

NSO musicians consult a map of St. Petersburg to determine their plan for the few free hours they have in the city.

NSO music director Christoph Eschenbach chats with NSO artistic director Nigel Boon during the train ride to St. Petersburg.

NSO tuba Stephen Dumaine takes in some of the scenery on the train from Moscow to St. Petersburg Friday. Photo by Scott Suchman.

NSO flute Alice Weinraub and Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef make their way along the train platform after arriving in St. Petersburg Friday.

Stagehands deliver instrument trunks to the St. Petersburg Philharmonia on Friday after arriving there that afternoon.

A Rostropovich Festival poster at the Philharmonia’s stage door lets passers-by know that the NSO would perform that night.

NSO music director Christoph Eschenbach leads a rehearsal on Friday underneath the giant chandeliers if the Great Hall.

NSO production manager Daryl Donley works backstage during the rehearsal in St. Petersburg.

Maestro Eschenbach and the NSO take a bow at the start of Friday night’s concert in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

Maestro Eschenbach begins Friday night’s NSO concert with a full house listening intently.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is the soloist with the NSO Friday–their final concert in Russia together this week.

A standing-room-only crowd enjoys Friday’s NSO concert in St Petersburg.

The NSO’s second violins perform Friday.

NSO trombonist David Murray adjusts his tie at intermission backstage in Friday night.

Backstage tools on tour always include plenty of paperwork, a stopwatch, and trunks as tables.

Maestro Eschenbach and the NSO take a final bow in St Petersburg on Friday. Next stop: home!

All photos by Scott Suchman.