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2019 Asia, November 5: Tokyo

November 06, 2019

Baseball is as beloved in Japan as it is in the US and Orchestra musicians always try to put together a friendly game with a local orchestra when on tour. This year the Philadelphia Firebirds played against members from the Tokyo Symphony. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violist Marvin Moon narrowly avoids a wild pitch. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa doubles as pitcher. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The final score was 7–5, Firebirds for the win.

A typical side street in Tokyo. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

 

Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi joined the Patron Tour for a private demonstration of taiko drumming.  

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The Patron Tour then visited Sensō-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple and the oldest temple in Tokyo, and the five-story Asakusa Shinto shrine. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

They also visited the Namakase shopping district. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violinist Amy Oshiro-Morales poses by an Orchestra poster in the subway. 

The Orchestra’s evening concert was at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall, a debut performance for the Philadelphians. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Librarian Steve Glanzmann sets out the music. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

A string quartet of Orchestra musicians performed a pop-up concert in the lobby of the Metropolitan Theatre in support of disaster relief efforts for those affected by the recent typhoons. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The Metropolitan Theatre. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Yannick cracks up Director of Orchestra Personnel Marilyn Rife before the concert. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Assistant Principal Cello Yumi Kendall spies our photographer. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Concertmaster David Kim tunes the Orchestra. Photo by Todd Rosenberg 

Violinist Philip Kates applauds soloist Haochen Zhang as he enters the stage to perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Pianist Haochen Zhang performs Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Yannick leads Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Yannick and Haochen share a moment at the end of the concert. Photo by Todd Rosenberg