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December 2018 subscription series programs — Change of conductors

Mr. Charles Dutoit was scheduled to conduct the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 December subscription concert series. However, he recently indicated his wishes not to appear. He cited that “the current climate is not right to enjoy the music fully, neither for me, nor for the orchestra or our dear audience.” He also mentioned that he does not want to damage “the beautiful relationship” that he has developed with both the orchestra and the audience over the past 30 years.

After carefully looking into the matter, the NHK Symphony Orchestra has decided to accept his withdrawal, and has cancelled his engagement, hence, we have rearranged the December subscription series as follows:


No.1900 Subscription (Program A)

Saturday, December 1, 2018 6:00p.m.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 3:00p.m.

NHK Hall

Alexander Vedernikov, conductor

Andrei Korobeinikov, piano

Sviridov “Snowstorm”, suite

Skriabin Piano Concerto f-sharp minor op.20

Glazunov Symphony No.7 F major op.77 ”Pastoral”


No.1901 Subscription (Program C)

Friday, December 7, 2018 7:00p.m.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 3:00p.m.

NHK Hall

Thomas Hengelbrock, conductor

Balthasar Neumann Choir, chorus

Bach Suite No.4 D major BWV1069

Bach (Schönberg) Prelude and Fugue E-flat major BWV552 “St. Anne”

Bach Magnificat E-flat major BWV243a (with 4 Christmas Interpolations)


No.1902 Subscription (Program B)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 7:00p.m.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:00p.m.

Suntory Hall

Vladimir Fedoseyev, conductor

NHK Tokyo Children Chorus, children’s chorus

Tchaikovsky “The Nutcracker”, ballet op.71