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Russian conductor Alexander Lazarev, who became chief conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2008, aims to lead the orchestra in performing the seven symphonies by his compatriot Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) over a period of three years.

On June 19 and 20, he will conduct Symphony No. 2 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the second of the series following concerts on Jan. 16 and 17, when he conducted symphonies No. 1 and No. 7.

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