Josep Pons makes his debut with NHK Symphony Orchestra by conducting three concerts. He conducts the ‘Music Tomorrow 2019’ concert on 28 May (Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall), the programme including the world premiere of Shoichi Yabuta’s Inori no Uta (commissioned by NHK), George Benjamin’s A Mind of Winter performed by soprano Claire Booth, and the Japanese premieres of Dai Fujikura’s Glorious Clouds (The 67th Otaka Award Work) and Benet Casablancas’ Impromptu for Orchestra.
Pons continues his week with a Spanish-themed programme on 1 Jun (Katsushika Symphony Hills Mozart Hall) and 2 Jun (Yokosuka Arts Theatre), which includes Falla: La vida breve and Suite No.2 from The Three-Cornered Hat, Ravel’s Bolero, and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole performed by violinist Shion Minami.
Pons will then return to Japan to conduct the New Japan Philharmonic next season in November. Programme includes Berlioz’s Harold in Italy and Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite.