Philadelphia Orchestra Announces Plans for Asian Tour, Mozart Festival

Classic Arts News   Philadelphia Orchestra Announces Plans for Asian Tour, Mozart Festival
The Philadelphia Orchestra will tour Asia at the end of its current season, traveling to Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Korea, the orchestra announced.

Music director Christoph Eschenbach will lead the tour, his first to Asia with the ensemble.

The orchestra will perform in Tokyo on May 19 before traveling to Yokohama and Kyoto and then returning to Tokyo. Subsequently, the group plays in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore (where it performs in the newly opened Esplanade Performing Arts Center), Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul. The performances in Kyoto and Singapore will be the orchestra's first ever in those cities.

Tour repertoire includes Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 1, 5, and 9 as well as works by Tchaikovsky, Dvoršk, and Bart‹k. Soloists include cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Lang Lang.

The orchestra also announced the schedule for its fourth annual Absolutely Mozart festival, which runs June 24-30. Led by Peter Oundjian, the festival will include appearances by pianists Jeffrey Kahane (who also conducts), Jeremy Denk, Shai Wosner, Leon Fleisher, and Katherine Jacobson. Repertoire includes the Concert for Two Pianos and the Concerto for Three Pianos, as well as two piano concertos, Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, the Overture to the Magic Flute, and the Clarinet Concerto.

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