The Japan Times is offering tickets to two performances of the Asian Youth Orchestra on the evenings of Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.

The Asian Youth Orchestra gathers 100 talented musicians aged between 15 and 25 from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam for six weeks each year for rehearsals and a concert tour.

Now in its 12th year, the orchestra will play in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kagawa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Penang, and Kota Kinabalu in Borneo.

The Hong Kong-based orchestra has also performed in Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Sydney, Hanoi, Ho Chi Min City and Beijing.

Artists who have played with the orchestra include legendary violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinists Cho-Liang Lin and Akiko Suwanai, Dutch soprano Elly Ameling and Academy Award-winning Chinese-American conductor Tan Dun.

The Aug. 30 Tokyo concert, to be conducted by Sergiu Comissiona, will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92; Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43”; and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite (1919 version),” with Cecil Licad on piano.

On Aug. 31, the orchestra will perform Glinka’s “Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture”; Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 64; and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, with Leila Josefowicz giving a solo violin performance.

The Japan Times is the official media sponsor of this year’s tour.

Those wanting tickets should send a postcard to CRM Division, The Japan Times, 108-8071 (no postal address is required) or fax (03) 3453-7622. Applications must reach The Japan Times no later than Aug. 20.

The application should have your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), whether you subscribe to The Japan Times and which concert you wish to attend.

Two tickets worth 6,000 yen each will be mailed to 100 applicants for each of the two concerts. Winners will be drawn by lot if there are more than 100 applicants for each concert.

The Japan Times, Ltd.

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