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PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Continues in Japan

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic traveled to Japan for four concerts in three cities — Kyoto, Tokyo, and Nagoya. In addition to concerts with pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Ryu Goto, featuring works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, and J. Wagenaar, the Music Director Designate and Orchestra were joined by Philharmonic Patrons and members of the International Advisory Board.

VIDEO: “Ride of the Valkyries” in Beijing

Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden and the Orchestra rehearse the rousing “Ride of the Valkyries” from Wagner’s Die Walküre in Beijing’s picturesque National Centre for the Performing Arts — which opened in 2007 and is colloquially known as The Giant Egg — as a possible encore that evening. It’s a good thing, too: the audience demanded more and were treated to this! The March 8 and 9 concerts, presented by China Merchants Bank, opened the Philharmonic’s ASIA 2018 tour.

(Video: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Begins in Beijing

The New York Philharmonic’s ten-day, five-city ASIA 2018 tour — Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden’s first international tour with the Orchestra — has begun in Beijing. After a day atop the Great Wall, the Orchestra performed two concerts presented by China Merchants Bank, featuring pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Ryu Goto, and orchestral masterworks by Mahler and Stravinsky.

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic To Tour Asia in March 2018


Today we announced details of our ten-day Asia tour next month, led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden. His first international tour with the Orchestra will feature eight concerts in five cities: Beijing, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Taipei.

“Touring is a wonderful vehicle not only to share our music-making with audiences around the world but also to deepen our musi­cal relationship,” Jaap says. “It gives us a rare oppor­tunity to grow and bond.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Philharmonic cellist Nathan Vickery: “We can de­velop a better understanding of what Jaap is showing us in the moment on­stage. The only way to do that is by spending time together. The rapport we build on this tour can set us up to be re­ally on the top of our game when he be­comes Music Director this September.”

The soloists on the tour are Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang (performing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3) and Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto (performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto). Jaap will also conduct Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (which New York audiences will get to hear in his opening concerts as Music Director in September), Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, and J. Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture.

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