IRVINE — They've sold out two concerts in Europe. But that was probably the easiest part.
Now they've got to pack their suitcases and polish their instruments — not to mention print out those boarding passes to fly to the shows.
Still, sold-out performances on a foreign continent? Not bad for some of Southern California's finest and youngest classically trained.
The buzz and anticipation are high for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO), which leaves Sunday for its 10-day tour to Bulgaria, the home country of PSYO conductor Maxim Eshkenazy.
Newspapers in that southeastern European country have already previewed the Irvine-based ensemble's pending performances. Even more media — like radio and television — will broadcast the youth orchestra's music for the Bulgarian masses.
"It's a huge media blitz," Eshkenazy said Monday outside PSYO's rehearsal home, the Winifred Smith Hall on the UC Irvine campus.