The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich goes East
From 1 – 16 November the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and their chief conductor David Zinman, will tour through Asia. They will play Schubert and Mahler in Shanghai and Beijing, and then continue to Japan. Here the cellist Yo-Yo Ma who will play concertos by Dvorak and Shostakovich, and who is touring with the orchestra in Asia for the third time will join them. Concerts will be in Yokosuka, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo, and perform works by Brahms, Dvorak, Mahler and Shostakovich.
It is almost 20 years since the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich has played in China, and it is the first time David Zinman, conducts at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing. The Zurich Insurance Company (Zurich) is the main sponsor of these concerts.
The program includes Schubert’s symphony No 7 ‘The Unfinished’ and Mahler’s symphony No 5. The Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and David Zinman have recorded both of these works. Sony will release Schubert’s symphony No 7 in Switzerland on November 4. ‘We are proud to present the fruits of our hard work to the Chinese audiences, and from our hears we thank you for the invitation.’ Elmar Weingarten.
After tours to Japan in 1999 and 2006 the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich returns with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Under the direction of David Zinman, the orchestra will play Brahms’ 2nd, Mahler’s 5th Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma will perform the cello concerto by Dvorak and Shostakovich cello concerto No 1. They will perform in Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo.
Please consult the website of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich for daily reports and photos of the Asian tour www.tonhalle-orchester.ch