No.she011   September 19, 2017


As part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first tour to Japan under Music Director Andris Nelsons, Suntory Hall presents three concerts by the BSO, November 7, 8, and 9. The BSO's tour will also include stops in Nagoya, November 3; Osaka, November 4; and Kawasaki, November 5.

For their Suntory Hall concerts, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony will be joined by Gil Shaham (violin) as soloist in Tchaikovsky's beloved violin concerto on a program with Shostakovich's rarely-performed Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905 (November 7), and by principal players Elizabeth Rowe (flute) and Jessica Zhou (harp) as soloists in Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp on a program with Rakhmaninov's Symphony No. 2 (November 8). The final concert (November 9) will be an orchestral showcase pairing Haydn's Symphony 103, Drumroll, with Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

In addition to these performances, the orchestra's activities at Suntory Hall will also include an open rehearsal for the public (November 7), a special open rehearsal for young people (November 8), and a master class with principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe (November 6), as part of the hall’s education and outreach program.

Message from Music Director Andris Nelsons

"It is an extraordinary honor for me to bring the Boston Symphony Orchestra to Japan for our first tour together in this amazing country where the BSO has such an important history of concerts under BSO Conductor Laureate Seiji Ozawa.

"We hope that the BSO's many fans in Japan will enjoy the repertoire that we've chosen to illustrate the Boston Symphony's extraordinary range of musical gifts. From Rakhmaninov's intense emotional expressivity, to Mahler's massive scope of new ideas, Shostakovich's breathtaking depiction of the Russian Revolution of 1905, and Haydn's vivid sound-painting, these symphonic works will showcase the breadth and scope of the BSO's remarkable ability to express ideas, emotion, and inspiration. Furthermore, Gil Shaham - one of the BSO's treasured guest soloists - will join us for Tchaikovsky's masterpiece violin concerto. The BSO is also very pleased to spotlight two of its own superb musicians - principal flute, Elizabeth Rowe, and principal harp, Jessica Zhou, in Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp.
"In addition to all the great music-making we also really look forward to spending time taking in Japan's beautiful landscape and thrilling cityscapes and enjoying its fantastic food - including my personal favorite, sushi - as well as interacting with its most generous, kind, and warm people, who have always shown the BSO such welcome, appreciation, and affection. Most important, we hope our performances will bring our audiences a true sense of inspiration - something very special to remember us by until we meet again!"
*The video message from Andris Nelsons is available here.

History of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1881, the Boston Symphony Orchestra begins its 137th season in September 2017. The orchestra is recognized worldwide not only through its concert performances in Boston and at its summer home at Tanglewood, but also through the concerts by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, made up of the orchestra’s principals, and the highly popular Boston Pops. The orchestra is also known for its extensive education and community programs, as well as for its expanding use of virtual and electronic media reflecting today’s changing 21st-century world.
George Henschel was the orchestra’s first music director, and his illustrious successors include Walter Gericke, Artur Nikisch, Serge Koussevitzky, Charles Munch, and William Steinberg. In 1973, Seiji Ozawa became its 13th music director, and his historic 29-year tenure extended until 2002, when he was named Music Director Laureate. James Levine followed from 2004 to 2011, as the first American-born conductor to hold the position, and in 2014 he was succeeded by Andris Nelsons, internationally acclaimed young Latvian conductor. In the short time since, the orchestra and Nelsons have already won two Grammy Awards in the category of Best Orchestral Performance for Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 (2016) and for Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 (2017). Since it has been 18 years since the orchestra’s last visit to Japan with its Music Director, this tour offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy this high-profile and exciting partnership.

More details about the BSO and Andris Nelsons' Japan tour can be found at the following:

Concert Listing

KDDI Special Andris Nelsons Conducts Boston Symphony Orchestra
at Suntory Hall, Dates and Programs

Tuesday, 7 November, 7 p.m.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905

Wednesday, 8 November, 7 p.m.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Elizabeth Rowe, flute (principal, BSO)
Jessica Zhou, harp (principal, BSO)
MOZART Concerto for flute and harp
RAKHMANINOV Symphony No. 2

Thursday, 9 November, 7 p.m.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
HAYDN Symphony No. 103, Drumroll
MAHLER Symphony No. 1

S¥32,000 A¥27,000 B¥22,000 C¥17,000 D¥12,000

Organized by Suntory Hall
Sponsored by KDDI Corporation
Supported by the United States Embassy in Japan

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Public Relations, Suntory Hall


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