Reprise in Japan

December 14, 1997

THE BALTIMORE Symphony Orchestra's successful nine-concert tour of six Japanese cities in 11 days solidified the orchestra's appeal and reputation in the most important market for Western classical music with the youngest and most discerning audiences in the world, three years after its first triumphant tour there.

While American audiences are aging and American and European record contracts are drying up, East Asia becomes more important, even during its economic troubles.

In the last year of David Zinman's conducting tenure, setting the stage for the great Russian, Yuri Temirkanov, who takes up the Baltimore baton in January 2000, the BSO reminded the Japanese of its glorious music.

While painful kidney stones should be wished on no one, the timing of Mr. Zinman's distress compelled the orchestra's young assistant conductor, Daniel Hege, to take the last concert. It's like baseball, where the Kid comes in for the last game of the Series and. . . well, you know the rest.

Pub Date: 12/14/97

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