This month, the Berliner Philharmoniker returns to Asia for a nine-date tour with guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The tour will mark the orchestra’s first visits to Bangkok, Kaohsiung, Shenzhen and Xi’an, as well as returns to Taipei and Beijing. In addition, the orchestra will be the first international orchestra to perform at the new National Kaohsiung Center for Arts and Culture (Weiwuying) in the South of Taiwan.
In Taipei and Shenzen, the orchestra perform two programmes: Bernstein Symphony No. 1 Jeremiah with Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, and Bernstein Divertimento for Orchestra and Mahler Symphony No. 5. The orchestra and Dudamel are joined for Bernstein’s First Symphony by mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford.
For their second concert at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, the orchestra perform Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor with Chinese superstar Lang Lang, alongside Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.
Askonas Holt, and formerly Harold Holt, have organised the Berliner Philharmoniker’s tours to Asia since the early 90s; the most recent in November 2017 with debut performances in Wuhan and Guangzhou, and returns to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Kawasaki and Tokyo.
9 November, Prince Mahidol Hall Bangkok
11 & 13 November, National Concert Hall, Taipei
14 November, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Kaohsiung
16 & 17 November, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen
20 November, Xi’an Concert Hall, Xi’an
22 & 23 November, National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing