EUROPEAN TOUR 2016: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra will embark on a five-city European Tour in celebration of its 70th Anniversary.
EUROPEAN TOUR TO CELEBRATE TSO 70TH ANNIVERSARY - RECOVERY, EXCHANGES, AND THE FUTURE-
WROCLAW, POLAND; ZAGREB, CROATIA; WIEN, AUSTRIA; ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS; DORTMUND, GERMANY
In October 2016, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will embark on a five-city European Tour in celebration of its 70th Anniversary. It will visit Wrocław (EU Capital of Culture 2016), Zagreb, Vienna, Rotterdam and Dortmund. Led by the dynamic Jonathan Nott, who has been its Music Director since the 2014/2015 season and has committed himself to the orchestra until 2026, it will perform two varied programs that will showcase the orchestra at its best. Throughout its seventy-year history, the orchestra has commissioned and premiered many works by Japanese composers. For the program being performed in Wrocław and Rotterdam, it have chosen to perform Takemitsu’s Requiem for Strings (premiered by the TSO in 1957), also in memory of the 20th anniversary of the composer’s death. The work will be combined with Debussy’s La Mer, which was famously inspired by a Japanese woodblock print, and Brahms’s Symphony No.1. In the other program, being performed in Zagreb, Vienna, Dortmund, the renowned German violinist Isabelle Faust will join Nott and the orchestra in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, and will surely captivate the listeners with her insightful and faithful interpretation. The program will conclude with Shostakovich’s epic Tenth Symphony, a special work for the TSO as it gave the Japanese premiere in 1954. Through this European Tour, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra hopes to make its presence known in Europe as well as to promote the lively Japanese orchestral scene in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
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