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Playing for the Pontiff: Gewandhaus Orchestra at the Vatican

As guest performers for the Pope's 85th Birthday celebration last month, the Gewandhaus Orchestra had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at the Vatican.

The performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Hymn or Praise took place in a private audience with the Pope at the Vatican's assembly hall. Fans around the world could listen in to the heavenly sounds as the event was live-streamed around the world on Brand World.

The event at the Vatican, however, was just the beginning of a busy time for the traveling players. The Gewandhaus Orchestra kicked off their spring European tour just a few weeks later with a performance in Amsterdam's world-renowed Concertgebuow on May 7.

Covering 11 cities in 16 days, the tour sees the group travel through Brussels, Luxemburg, the German cities of Hamburg, Essen, Cologne, and Berlin before heading east to Budapest and Valladolid, then south to Madrid and Barcelona.

Such a whirlwind journey would be almost too much for a normal traveler, but for the Gewandhaus Orchestra players, the support of DHL as Official Logistics Partner makes the tour a bit more manageable. Orchestra members need concentrate only on the notes – resting assured that their invaluable instruments and stage clothing arrives in each new city on time and in pristine condition.

For a complete listing of dates for the Gewandhaus's European spring tour, have a look at their website: www.gewandhaus.deExternal Link