BSO to play 4 concerts in Tokyo

November 11, 1997|By Stephen Wigler

The Baltimore Symphony and music director David Zinman yesterday announced details of their tour of Japan, which begins Sunday.

By the time they return on Nov. 29, they will have performed four concerts in Tokyo, three of them in the city's most prestigious venue, Suntory Hall, as well as in the cities of Nagoya, Osaka, Matsudo, Moiroka and Kure. Violinist Isaac Stern, the guest soloist, will perform Bruch's G Minor Concerto at four of the orchestra's nine concerts. The rest of the tour repertory will include works by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Michael Torke.

The tour reprises the orchestra's successful 1994 visit to Japan.

"I remember the sensation created by the orchestra," said Kuniho Saito, the Japanese ambassador to the United States, who is himself an accomplished pianist. "When people in Japan hear the name Baltimore, they think of the Baltimore Orioles. I am convinced that after this second tour they will think first of the Baltimore Symphony."

The tour will be accompanied by a trade mission led by Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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