The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Paavo Järvi will offer seven performances in four cities in Japan in the coming weeks, performing in three different halls in Tokyo as well as in Nagoya, Nishinomiya, and Yokohama. The tour runs October 26-November 4, and guest artists are Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto and pianist Krystian Zimerman in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The October 26 concert in Tokyo’s NHK Hall will be televised nationally in Japan, while stateside and international fans of the orchestra can follow its adventures on a special Japan Tour 2009 website being launched on October 22. The site, will include blogs by musicians, photo galleries, and behind-the-scenes videos. Additional repertoire for the tour includes works by Copland, Barber, Bernstein, Rachmaninoff, and Dvorák. The Cincinnati Symphony last toured Japan in November of 2003. This is a busy time for the orchestra: its newest CD, featuring Holst’s The Planets led by Järvi, will be released on October 27.

Posted October 20, 2009