Sunday, March 16, 2003

Orchestra to tour Japan, Florida

Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will take two tours in 2003-04: their first international tour together to Japan in November 2003 and a six-city tour to Florida in March 2004.

The soloists who will perform with the orchestra in Japan are Japanese violinist Akiko Suwanai, winner of the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and Chinese pianist Yundi Li, who in 2000 was one of the youngest winners in the history of the Warsaw Chopin Competition.

The Japan tour repertoire includes Sibelius' Finlandia, Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, Charles Coleman's Streetscape, the Brahms Violin Concerto and the Grieg Piano Concerto. Japan Arts will present the orchestra. Here are the venues:

Nov. 6 - Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, Sapporo

Nov. 7 - Ibaraki Performance Concert Hall, Mito (north of Tokyo)

Nov. 8 - Yokohama Minatomirai Concert Hall, Yokohama

Nov. 9 - Suntory Hall, Tokyo

Nov. 11 - Kyushu-kouseinenkin Hall, Kitakyushu (near Fukuoka)

Nov. 13 - Metropolitan Art Space Center, Tokyo

Nov. 14 - The Symphony Hall, Osaka

Nov. 15 - Yamagata Performance Concert Hall, Yamagata

The Florida tour will include the Eroica Trio, which will reprise Beethoven's "Triple" Concerto that opened this year's season. Other tour repertoire includes Brahms' Symphony No. 1, Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, Mozart's Symphony No. 35, Haffner and Arvo Part's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.

The dates are:

March 24 - Community Church at Vero Beach

March 25 - Sarasota

March 26 - Bob Carr Auditorium, Orlando

March 27 - Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami Beach

March 28 - Au Rene Theatre, Fort Lauderdale

March 29 - Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples

Janelle Gelfand

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