Gewandhausorchester Leipzig on tour to China and Japan with live webcasts between March 10 to 23, 2014

On March 10,  2014 the German Leipzig Gewandhausorchester will embark on its 21st tour of Japan. It will be the Orchestra’s third tour of the country under the direction of Riccardo Chailly since 2009. The tour to the Far East will be preceded by an appearance in Frankfurt and Shanghai.

On tour: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (C) Gert Mothes)

On tour: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (C) Gert Mothes)

Thanks to the support of DHL tour concerts of the orchestra will be webcasted live online for the first time:  14th and 15th March from Shanghai via and, 12:30 p.m. (CET).

The Gewandhausorchester has been a regular guest in the major concert halls of Japan even longer than it has in those of the USA. The Orchestra’s first appearance in Tokyo was in 1961 with Franz Konwitschny, performing a complete cycle of all nine symphonies of Beethoven – the first orchestra to do so in Japan. The Orchestra’s second tour of Japan took place ten years later, in 1971, under the direction of Konwitschny’s successor as Gewandhauskapellmeister, Kurt Masur. Masur was to conduct the Orchestra in 114 concerts in Japan until 1995.

Further metropolises have since featured on the Gewandhausorchester’s tours to the Far East, some so regularly that each visit has become something of a homecoming. The Orchestra made its first appearance in Shanghai under Riccardo Chailly in 2009; Kawasaki has, similarly, hosted the Orchestra only once to date, in 1971. Osaka, on the other hand, has seen 29 guest appearances of the Gewandhausorchester since the first visit in 1961. Kyoto has hosted the Orchestra on seven occasions, most recently with Riccardo Chailly in 2009. Tokyo is one of the cities that the Gewandhausorchester has visited most frequently on its tours of the world – a total of 77 appearances have been made in the Japanese capital, including 15 together with the St. Thomas Boys Choir.


Detroit Symphony with three new media initiatives

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced three new tech initiatives that will allow patrons to watch a live concert, browse a full calendar of events, listen to digital albums and connect to DSO social media, all on their mobile device: The digital trio includes Live from Orchestra Hall, a series of HD Webcasts presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund; the release of DSO To Go, a free mobile app; and the DSO’s first digital album. These initiatives are made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

These fresh initiatives will hopefully help to increase recovery for the DSO organization after dire straits of the 6 months strike from fall 2010.

Detroit Symphony Hall

Detroit Symphony Hall

Live From Orchestra Hall will make the DSO the first U.S. orchestra to live stream a regular series of concerts on the Web, just as it became the first to broadcast a concert via radio in 1922. Each webcast will also feature interviews with guest artists, DSO musicians, and local personalities. See a full schedule of webcasts below.  Live from Orchestra Hall is produced in collaboration with Detroit Public Television.


The final part of the digital trio, a series of live, downloadable concert albums, will launch later this fall with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, featuring Olga Kern at the piano and Slatkin conducting.  These albums, produced in-house, will be available for streaming and download at, on, or through the DSO To Go mobile app.

DSO To Go, available now for iPhone, Android and mobile web platforms, gives patrons a handheld passport to all things DSO. In partnership with InstantEncore, the free mobile app makes the DSO’s 2011-12 classical season free to watch through “Live From Orchestra Hall” HD webcasts. Whether or not music lovers are at Orchestra Hall during a concert, DSO To Go makes live interaction with the DSO easy with direct links to Facebook and Twitter portals. Patrons can also listen and download a growing array of digital albums, read DSO news and receive push notifications of new content and special offers.  iPhone and Android users can search for “Detroit Symphony” in their app stores to download  DSO to Go for free.  Other web-connected mobile devices can simply access for app features.

Webcast Schedule


Webcast 1—Symphonie Fantastique!

Sunday, October 9, 3 p.m. (Pre-Concert show at 2:50 p.m.)

Webcast 2—Beethoven’s Fifth

Friday, October 28, 10:45 a.m. (Pre-Concert show at 10:35 a.m.)

Webcast 3—Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Friday, November 4, 8 p.m. (Pre-Concert show at 7:50 p.m.)

Webcast 4—Festival of Flutes with Sir James Galway and Guests

Friday, November 18, 10:45 a.m. (Pre-Concert show at 10:35 a.m.)

Webcast 5—Schubert’s Immortal “Unfinished” Symphony

Saturday, November 26, 8 p.m. (Pre-Concert show at 7:50 p.m.)

Webcast 6—Beethoven 7, plus: Branford Marsalis

Sunday, December 4, 3 p.m. (Pre-Concert show at 2:50 p.m.)

Webcast 7—The Four Seasons!

Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m. (Pre-Concert show at 7:50 p.m.)