WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington is expanding its international tour next year with its first visit to the country of Oman.

The orchestra announced plans Tuesday to perform at the new Royal Opera House Muscat in February 2013. It will be the first major American symphony to perform there.

Earlier this month, the orchestra announced it would visit Spain, Germany and France in 2013. Music Director Christoph Eschenbach has said he wants to “bring this great orchestra to the attention of the world.”

Next year’s tour follows its Americas tour earlier this month. The group visited five Latin America countries, including a concert honoring the 50th anniversary of independence for Trinidad and Tobago.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, also based at the Kennedy Center, will also perform in Oman.

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