GLASGOW - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra arrived in Scotland last night safe and sound after an uneventful, ahead-of-schedule charter fight from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
The musicians get to enjoy time on their own today before plunging into a 12-city European tour - the BSO's first visit to this side of the Atlantic since 1987 - with an all-Brahms program conducted by music director Yuri Temirkanov on Thanksgiving Day at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
The tour moves on this week to three midland British cities (concerts in Leeds and Birmingham are sold out) before reaching London on Monday. Then it's off to France, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.
The only drama in the trip so far occurred back in Baltimore, when a certain longtime orchestra member with a distinctive Hungarian accent overslept and missed the bus from Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to the airport.
He made the flight in the nick of time, however, and the extra sleep left principal cellist Mihaly Virizlay feeling so refreshed that he was soon proposing marriage to one of the charming Scottish flight attendants.
She politely turned him down when she learned his annual salary was in fact not $1 million.
Oh, well, it's a big continent.