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Esa-Pekka Salonen

Melissa Bradshaw

Philharmonia marks 75th anniversary in Japan

2:21, 8th January 2020

Kicking off celebrations for its 75th anniversary year this month, the Philharmonia Orchestra is taking up residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre as part of a five-concert Japan tour, supported by Citi.

Artistic director Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the orchestra in five programmes from 23 – 29 January 2020, featuring music by Stravinsky, Mahler and Shostakovich alongside two of his own premieres, the Cello Concerto and Gemini. The orchestra will be joined by soloists Sayaka Shoji (violin) and Truls Mørk (cello).

From 11 January, the Philharmonia will also appear in digital format as part of the orchestra’s VR Sound Stage project, which will be presented for free at the Atelier West of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in partnership with Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and the British Council. Audiences will be invited to put on their virtual reality headsets for an immersive experience of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, conducted by Salonen, while ‘seated’ in the heart of the orchestra at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

Audio and video footage of the Philharmonia performing Mahler’s Third Symphony will also be presented at the Global Ring Theatre in a large-scale presentation hosted by Toshima City, running twice an evening until the end of the month. The Philharmonia’s live and digital residency at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre is part of the UK in JAPAN 2019-20 project, an initiative by the British Council and the British Embassy Tokyo highlighting the relationship between Japan and the UK.

Further information on the tour is available here.


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