Bernstein / Symphony No.2 "The Age of Anxiety"
by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by
Tadaaki Otaka

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

Aug 13 - 20.00 hrs, KAWILARANG THEATRE
Jl. Merbabu Bau No 23/7845
Jakarta Utara

The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra has the longest history and tradition of any orchestra in Japan, having been originally established in Nagoya in 1911. It is currently the largest orchestra in Japan with 166 members and is distinguished for its active and varied schedule embracing symphonic concerts, opera and ballet.

After moving its base to Tokyo in 1938 the orchestra played a pivotal role in bringing authentic opera to the Japanese public under Chief conductor Manfred Gurlitt (1890-1972.) Shortly after the war, the orchestra became a fully independent organization and changed its name to the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra focusing on subscription concerts, opera and ballet while also pursuing an active broadcasting program with NHK.

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra performs regularly at Tokyo’s most distinguished Suntory and Orchard Halls and at Tokyo Opera City where it has its base. The orchestra has received many awards and honors, including the Ongaku No Tomo Sha Prize (1984), the Agency for Cultural Affairs "Art Festival Prize"(1986) and "Art Festival Grand Prize" (1995). Furthermore, the orchestra has been designated as one of the organizations for the Agency for Cultural Affairs "Special Program to Artistic Creativity". From 1997 it became the regular orchestra at Tokyo’s New National Theatre. In 1999, Norio Ohga, Chairman of SONY Corporation, was appointed Chairman of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2001, with visions of further growth, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra merged with the Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra. From 2001, Myung-Whun Chung has been the Special Artistic Advisor of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Under his guidance the Orchestra carries out regular subscription concerts at Orchard Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo and opera and ballet performances at the New National Theatre while also continuing a varied broadcasting and special concert program. The Orchestra regularly performs in regions outside Tokyo and engages in regional cultural exchange and education programs. Tokyo Philharmonic has carried out 3 well-received European tours and is regarded as an upcoming world-class orchestra. 

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra is Japan’s largest and most active orchestra. We pursue an ambitious subscription concert program and a wide range of special concerts while also backing up opera and ballet.

Tadaaki Otaka (November 8, 1947-) is a Japanese-born, British-based conductor. He studied composition, theory, and french horn, at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, and later was a conducting student of Hideo Saito.

Otaka has been conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and became their conductor laureate in 1991. From 1981 to 1986, he was chief conductor of the Sapporo Symphony, and from May 1998 held the titles of music adviser and principal conductor. From 1992 to 1998 he was principal conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. He founded the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo in 1995 and swiftly established as among Japan's best chamber ensembles, and has served as its music adviser, principal conductor, and honorary conductor laureate.

In the UK, Otaka was principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 1987 to 1996. From 1998 to 2001, he directed the Britten-Pears Orchestra.

In 1997, Otaka was awarded the CBE.

Leonard Bernstein ( August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was the first conductor born and educated in the United States of America to receive world-wide acclaim[citation needed]. He is perhaps best known for his long conducting relationship with the New York Philharmonic, which included the acclaimed Young People's Concerts series, and his compositions including West Side Story, Candide, and On the Town. He is known to baby boomers[citation needed] primarily as the first classical music conductor to make many television appearances, all between 1954 and 1989. He is one of the most influential figures in the history of American classical music, championing the works of American composers and inspiring the careers of a generation of American musicians.



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