For the second half of their Asia Tour 2019, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians and Riccardo Muti flew to Japan for concerts in Tokyo and Osaka from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4. Along with the previous repertoire of Brahms’ First and Second Symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade, the CSO will offer two performances of Verdi’s Requiem, with soloists Vittoria Yeo, Francisco Meli, Daniella Barcellona and Dmitry Belosselskiy.
First, however, musicians enjoyed a day off, and took in the sights of Tokyo, including TeamLab Borderless, an interactive experience in which “artworks move out of rooms, communicate with other works, influence and sometimes intermingle with each other with no boundaries.” At the suggestion of cello David Sanders, others checked out the Owl Café, the latest “animal experience” craze in which patrons as they dine, get up close and personal with Hogwarts’ favorite breed of bird. Another group sampled the fire-grilled cuisine of Inakaya, a traditional robatayaki-style restaurant.
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