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Posted on May 7, 2021

NHK Symphony Orchestra June Concerts

NHK Symphony Orchestra’s June concerts to replace its monthly subscription series have been finalized with the following details.


At Suntory Hall on June 5th and 6th, Michiyoshi Inoue, who has been giving highly impressive performances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in recent years, will step up to the podium, conducting a combination of Sibelius Symphony No. 7 and Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica, the two masterpieces which marked the turning point in the history of symphonies.


Concerts at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on June 11th and 12th will be under the baton of Tatsuya Shimono who has chosen symphonies of the Romantic period such as Schumann and Brahms throughout this season. This month, he will take up Symphony No. 0, the third symphony written by Bruckner, the greatest symphonist of the Romantic era. While he was a conducting fellow at the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Shimono studied under the late Takashi Asahina who was reputed for works of Bruckner, therefore his rendition of the work is much to be expected. Please enjoy it together with the masterpieces of 20th Century Britain in the first half of the program.


For Suntory Hall concerts on June 16th and 17th, Chief Conductor Paavo Järvi will be returning to the stage with the NHK Symphony Orchestra for the first time in 15 months with Northern European works he has been noted for. He will take up a meditative work titled Summa by Arvo Pärt, a composer from Maestro Järvi’s native Estonia, and Danish composer Nielsen’s Symphony No.4 The Inextinguishable, one of his masterpieces to glorify an indomitable spirit.


Please kindly note that regarding the concerts on 16th and 17th, the opening times of the concerts and ticket sales dates will be announced on a later date as we need to see how the government’s entry restrictions to Japan and regulations on public events will further develop due to the expansion of COVID-19 infection, therefore for these two concerts, no other details than dates, artists and program of the concerts will be announced for the time being.


Dates and Programs

[Suntory Hall] (Saturday & Sunday)

Saturday 5 June 2021 6:00p.m. & Sunday 6 June 2021 2:00p.m.

Michiyoshi Inoue, conductor
Sibelius / Symphony No. 7 C Major Op. 105
Beethoven / Symphony No. 3 E-flat Major Op. 55 "Eroica"


[Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre] (Friday & Saturday)
Friday 11 June 2021 6:30p.m. & Saturday 12 June 2021 2:00p.m.

* Please note that on June 11th, the concert starts at 6:30p.m. instead of the usual time of 7:00 p.m. to bring forward the ending time. The intermission will be for 15 minutes on both days.

Tatsuya Shimono, conductor
Finzi / Prelude Op. 25
Britten / Sinfonia da requiem Op. 20
Bruckner / Symphony D Minor "Nullte"


[Suntory Hall] (Wednesday & Thursday)
Wednesday 16 June 2021 evening* & Thursday 17 June 2021 evening*

* Curtain time will be announced later.

Paavo Järvi, conductor
Pärt / Summa (String Orchestra Version)
Nielsen / Symphony No. 4 Op. 29 "The Inextinguishable"


Ticket Prices (Reserved seating only)

[June 5 & 6 at Suntory Hall / June 11th & 12th at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre]
Adults: S 7,000 yen A 5,800 yen B 4,500 yen C 3,500yen
Youth tickets (under 25 years old): S 3,500 yen A 2,900 yen B2,250 yen C 1,750 yen

[June 16 & 17 at Suntory Hall]
Adults: S 8,500 yen A 6,800 yen B 5,200 yen C 3,900yen
Youth tickets (under 25 years old): S 4,250 yen A 3,400 yen B2,600 yen C 1,950 yen


Ticket sales starts at

[June 5 & 6 at Suntory Hall / June 11th & 12th at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre]
Pre-sale: Thursday May 6 2021 11:00a.m.
Sales to general public Tuesday May 11 2021 11:00a.m.


[June 16 & 17 at Suntory Hall]
*Ticket sales dates will be announced later.


* For further inquiries and where to purchase pre-sale tickets, please visit the website of each concert.


● Concert durations will be about one and half hours to two hours with an intermission.

● As a preventative measure against infectious diseases, seats to be sold will be limited in some parts of the halls. Depending on the further development of the circumstances on the restrictions on public events under the recommendations by the National Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, seating restrictions may be altered.

● Depending on circumstances, performers and programs are subject to change or concerts may have to be cancelled.

● Please make sure to read "Advice for measures to prevent infectious diseases" before you purchase tickets or come to the concert hall.