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Posted 2021.12.23

Changes in Artists and Programs for January Subscription Concerts

Due to the government’s announcement on November 29th to tighten border control to prevent the omicron variant from spreading, measures to ban all incoming new foreign visitors to enter Japan are still in effect as of December 20th. Under such circumstances, necessary entry paperwork for the invitation of Tugan Sokhiev (conductor / Program B & Ikebukuro Program C), Vadim Gluzman (Violin / Ikebukuro Program C) and Haochen Zhang (Piano / Program B) to the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s January subscription concerts cannot proceed. Therefore we have changed the conductor and soloists of Program B & Ikebukuro Program C as well as partial program for Program B of the January subscription concert series. Your understanding is highly appreciated.

(* indicates a change)


The 1949th Subscription Concert Ikebukuro Program C at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

Friday, January 21st 7:30pm / Saturday, January 22nd 2:00pm
Conductor: John Axelrod*
Violin: Moné Hattori*
Bruch / Violin Concerto No. 1 G Minor Op. 26
Brahms / Symphony No. 3 F Major Op. 90


The 1950th Subscription Concert Program B at Suntory Hall

Wednesday, January 26th 7:00pm / Thursday, January 27th 7:00pm
Conductor: John Axelrod*
Piano: Takahiro Yoshikawa*
Khachaturian / "Masquerade," Suite − Waltz*
Prokofiev / Piano Concerto No. 3 C Major Op. 26
Prokofiev / Symphony No. 5 B-flat Major Op. 100


John Axelrod, conductor, has been visiting Japan since November for another engagement.
Please note that the artists and the program remain the same for the 1948th Subscription Concert Ikebukuro Program A (at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / Saturday, January 15th & Sunday, January 16th).