The orchestra will make appearances at Disney Hall in Los Angeles (Oct. 14), 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.