Eiji Oue
(c) T. Iijima

The Tokyo Philharmonic has the longest history and tradition of any orchestra in Japan, having been originally established in Nagoya in 1911. As the original plans made for its centenary celebrations in 2011 were scuttled due to devastating earthquake and tsunami, the celebration was delayed by several years. Now, in 2014, the 100th anniversary world tour will finally take place. It will encompass six countries on three continents. Internationally renowned Japanese conductor Eiji Oue will lead the orchestra for the tour. The first concert – Tuesday, March 11 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City – will mark the U.S. debut of the orchestra, as well as the third anniversary (to the day) of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Two Japanese works – Toshiro Mayuzumi’s Bugaku and Kiyoshige Koyama’s Kobiki-Uta – will be performed, as well as Igor Stravinsky’s iconic Le Sacre du printemps. After New York, the Tokyo Philharmonic will appear in Madrid, Paris, London, Singapore and Bangkok.

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