Japan's Top Orchestra, the NHK Symphony, Opens Its US Tour in Los Angeles

Classic Arts News   Japan's Top Orchestra, the NHK Symphony, Opens Its US Tour in Los Angeles
 
"This may well be the world's most famous orchestra you've never heard," wrote The New York Times about the Tokyo-based NHK Symphony Orchestra, which opens a U.S. tour with music director Vladimir Ashkenazy and pianist H_lne Grimaud tonight at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The orchestra will also make appearances at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco (Oct. 15), the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (Oct. 17), Symphony Hall in Boston (Oct. 20) and Carnegie Hall in New York (Oct. 23).

Programming for the tour includes Elgar's "Enigma" Variations, Debussy's La Mer, Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1, Takemitsu's A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden, Bart‹k's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Ravel's Daphnis et Chlo_ Suites Nos. 1-2.

The NHK Symphony, Japan's first professional orchestra, was founded in 1926. Ashkenazy became music director in September 2004; Charles Dutoit is music director emeritus and Wolfgang Sawallisch is honorary conductor laureate. The orchestra performs approximately 120 concerts a year and made a European tour last fall.


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