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Photos: Tour Concludes in Taiwan

The ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour came to a triumphant conclusion this week with a concert in Yokohama and two in Taipei. Joining Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic for brilliant concerto performances were new and longtime friends: jazz sensation Makoto Ozone; pianist Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic’s current Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who will succeed him next season. After two weeks, ten concerts, six cities, and three countries, the Orchestra headed back to New York to resume performing for their hometown audience.

VIDEO: Brey & Bartlett: Alternating Cellos, 02/19/2014

During some down time before a performance in Taipei, Taiwan, the final concert on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, Principal Cello Carter Brey and fellow New York Philharmonic cellist Eric Bartlett devise a clever way to divide the labor of playing Brahms's Symphony No. 2. Check back tomorrow for our final tour slideshow. (Video: Chris Lee)

VIDEO: Playing for Ambassador Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo, 02/14/2014

To the strains of "Morning Mood" from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 — arranged for wind quintet by Joachim Linckelmann, as performed by the Principal Woodwind Quintet of the New York Philharmonic — U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy welcomes Music Director Alan Gilbert and others to her official residence in Tokyo for the ensemble's command performance for dignitaries during the Orchestra's ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour.

VIDEO: Alan Gilbert Narrates Britten’s Guide in Japanese, 02/11/14

Music Director Alan Gilbert makes his Philharmonic narrating debut with this performance of Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, led by Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein, at a full family concert in Tokyo's Suntory Hall. He is doing so in Japanese, the language of the audience and of his mother, Philharmonic violinist Yoko Takebe.

PHOTOS: Tokyo

The Philharmonic's week in Tokyo was packed with performances: a concert for families featuring Alan Gilbert narrating Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in Japanese and the Orchestra playing music by 10- to 15-year-old composers from New York and Fukushima; concertos with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman, and violinist Lisa Batiashvili; and the Principal Woodwind Quintet in chamber music at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy.

PHOTOS: From South Korea to Japan

The Philharmonic performed its final concert in Seoul, South Korea — an all-American program — before heading to Japan for performances in Nagoya and Osaka. Along the way they teamed up with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone for a swinging account of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and gave masterful performances of music by Christopher Rouse, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, and more.

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