Suntory Hall

In these corona-times orchestral tours are extremely unusual. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra makes the exception. The Austrian orchestra will tour four Japanese cities starting next week, as Japan has been relaxing coronavirus restrictions for events with large audiences.

The orchestra will perform seven concerts in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and three other venues in Kitakyushu, Osaka and Kawasaki between Nov. 5 and 14.

About 120 members of the orchestra including conductor Valery Gergiev are scheduled to arrive at Fukuoka airport next Wednesday on a chartered plane. They will take coronavirus tests upon arrival and travel across the country on chartered buses and in specially reserved bullet train cars. They will also refrain from going out except to move between venues and hotels.

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