Carnegie Hall Presents

Japan’s Great Orchestras I


Saito Kinen Orchestra

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

Cancelled: Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-Juku

Saito Kinen Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | 8 PM

Performers

Kifu Mitsuhashi, Shakuhachi
Saito Kinen Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa, Music Director and Conductor
Tatsuya Shimono, Conductor
Yukio Tanaka, Biwa

Program

TORU TAKEMITSU November Steps for Biwa, Shakuhachi, and Orchestra
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Program is approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes, including one intermission
In 1991, the Saito Kinen Orchestra made its US debut—opening the Carnegie Hall season, no less. The New York Times raved: “It quickly showed itself to be a superbly polished group that played a program of Western core classics with genuine passion.” Experience the orchestra’s world-class mastery of classical-music repertoire again with Berlioz’s whirlwind of phantasmagoric Romantic-era passion.

Please note that Mr. Shimono has kindly agreed to conduct the Takemitsu work.

Listen

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (IV. Marche au supplice. Allegretto non troppo)


Boston Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa
Deutsche Grammophon Galleria

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, March 21, 2011 | 8 PM

Performers

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Soprano
NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
André Previn, Principal Guest Conductor

Program

TORU TAKEMITSU Green
R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
In 1944, as Soviet Russia defended itself from Nazi invasion, Prokofiev wrote his Fifth Symphony as “a hymn to free and happy Man … his pure and noble spirit.” A few years later, an elderly Strauss composed his Four Last Songs, performed here by the legendary Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Hear both of these pieces, along with music by Takemitsu that pays homage to Debussy.

Listen

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 (I. Andante)


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
EMI Classics

Cancelled: Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-Juku

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, April 1, 2011 | 8 PM
Seiji Ozawa and Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra) must regrettably cancel their performances this spring as Maestro Ozawa continues to recuperate from recent surgery. This concert will not be rescheduled this season.

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