In June 2020, the Berliner Philharmoniker will travel to Tokyo together with Gustavo Dudamel to perform in four concerts at the cultural programme of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. At a press conference in Tokyo last Friday, the plans for this particular project were presented.
To celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic games, and as a sign of peace and understanding, the musicians will perform works including Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with its final chorus of Schiller’s “Ode to Joy”. The Berliner Philharmoniker will also give a concert with a special Olympic programme, designed for the occasion with works from all over the world, and a free open-air concert with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Shinjuku Gyoen’s English Garden. It will feature a total of 400 musicians, including an ensemble of international soloists plus a project choir with members from all continents. More than 10,000 spectators are expected to attend.