Boston Symphony Orchestra To Tour China And Japan With Conductor Lorin Maazel, May 1-10

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Lorin Maazel, will make long-awaited returns to Japan and China, during a scheduled tour to those countries May 1-10.  Performances in Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (5/1&2), the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, (5/4), and the Guangzhou Opera House (5/6) will mark the BSO’s first performances in China since the orchestra made its historic 1979 tour there as the first U.S. orchestra to visit China after the establishment of diplomatic relations. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will follow these performances with three concerts in Tokyo—the first BSO concerts in Japan since the orchestra’s last tour there with Seiji Ozawa in 1999—with performances in the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (5/8) and Suntory Hall (5/9 & 10).

Violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Behzod Abduraimov will join the BSO and Lorin Maazel for several of the tour performances:  Ms. Jansen’s will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in Tokyo on May 8 and 9; Mr. Abduraimov will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in Beijing on May 1, Shanghai on May 4, and Guangzhou on May 6.  Tour repertoire will also include symphonies of Mahler (No. 5), Tchaikovsky (No. 5), and Mozart (No. 38, Prague), and a BSO signature work, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, as well as Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and LudmilaClick here for complete programs (full concert programs listed at end of release).

Click here for a press kit for the BSO’s concerts in Japan, and here for a press kit for the BSO’s concerts in China. For further information about the Boston Symphony Orchestra, visit www.bso.org.

PREVIOUS BOSTON SYMPHONY TOURS TO JAPAN AND CHINA

The BSO and China

The BSO’s historic tour to China in 1979—put together in less than two months following an official invitation from the Chinese Ministry of Culture—marked the opening exchange in the then recently signed cultural pact between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.  The BSO performed one concert in Shanghai on March 15 and three concerts in Beijing (called Peking at the time) on March 17, 18, and 19, the last of which was a joint performance with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of Peking performed in the 18,000 seat Capital Stadium.  During the tour BSO principal players held master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory, and Seiji Ozawa conducted a reading rehearsal with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. The BSO brought four complete sets of strings, brass mouthpieces, orchestra scores of music by Copland, Gershwin, Bartók, and Schuman, and sets of recordings, as well as United States-China Flag pins, Boston Symphony T-shirts, and frisbees—all to be presented to the Chinese musicians.  The BSO was to return to China in 1999 as part of a season-long celebration of Seiji Ozawa’s 25th anniversary with the orchestra, but the trip was canceled at the last minute after the errant NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade; despite the cancellations of the orchestra’s concerts, Seiji Ozawa, who was born in China, was able to continue on to China to honor his commitment to teach at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, where he found the level of performance high and appreciated the many sentiments of regret expressed about the tour’s cancellation.  Click here to view a press release detailing the programs and the itinerary for the BSO’s 1979 tour to China.

 

The BSO and Japan

The Boston Symphony first toured to Japan May 4-30, 1960, under the direction of Charles Munch, the BSO’s music director 1949-62.  This 16-city tour also included performances under the direction of Aaron Copland and Richard Burgin (BSO’s associate conductor and concertmaster) with tour repertoire including music of Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Berlioz, Blackwood, Copland, Debussy, Dello Joio, Handel, Haydn, Kirchner, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Piston, Purcell, Ravel, Roussel, and Wagner.  Seiji Ozawa, BSO Music Director 1973-2002, would lead the BSO in subsequent tours to Japan in 1978, 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, and 1999.  A highlight of Mr. Ozawa and the BSO’s first tour to Japan in 1978 was an appearance in Tokyo by the legendary pianist Rudolf Serkin, who performed Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. In 1981, the BSO shared its year-long centennial celebration and showcased some of the orchestra’s rich and deep history with their Japanese audiences. In 1986, several members of the orchestra accompanied Mr. Ozawa on a visit to Cenotaph in Hiroshima’s Peace Park to lay a wreath of white carnations and orchids.  In 1994 the BSO was honored by the unusual appearance at a public concert by Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako. The BSO’s 1999 Japan tour, part of a season-long celebration of Ozawa’s 25th anniversary leading the orchestra, was filled with mixed emotions for Ozawa and the orchestra, as it would be their last Japan tour together with Mr. Ozawa at the helm as music director.  Click here for a listing of the BSO’s past tours to Japan.

The BSO’s 2014 tour to China and Japan has been organized by Harrison Parrott, Ltd. (www.harrisonparrott.com); HarrisonParrott has been very active in China since the late 1990s and in Japan since the 1970s arranging in both countries an ever growing program of artists and orchestra tours. AMATI Inc. (www.amati-tokyo.com)   has been an organizational partner for the BSO concerts in Tokyo.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Tour Itinerary to China and Japan, May 1-10


Thursday, May 1
National Centre for the Performing Arts,
Beijing, China
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
MUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain
RACHMANINOFF  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

Friday, May 2
National Centre for the Performing Arts,
Beijing, China
Lorin Maazel, conductor
MOZART Symphony No. 38, Prague
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

Sunday, May 4
Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Shanghai, China
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
GLINKA Overture to Russlan and Ludmila
RACHMANINOFF             Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Tuesday, May 6
Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
GLINKA Overture to Russlan and Ludmila
RACHMANINOFF             Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5
Thursday, May 8
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Janine Jansen, violin
MUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

Friday, May 9
Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Janine Jansen, violin
GLINKA Overture to Russlan and Ludmila
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Saturday, May 10
Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Lorin Maazel, conductor
MOZART Symphony No. 38, Prague
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

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