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2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency, Day 16: Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Attends the Concert, the Second of Two in Tokyo

June 03, 2014

6/3/14, Tokyo: The afternoon before the second concert in beautiful Suntory Hall, the Orchestra rehearses Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) and Mahler’s First Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/3/14, Tokyo: Bow tie adjusted, Assistant Principal Bass Joseph Conyers is almost ready to take the stage. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/3/14, Tokyo: U.S Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy meets the musicians backstage before taking her seat in the concert hall. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/3/14, Tokyo: In addition to greeting Yannick, Kennedy also met with Ambassador Nicholas Platt, who was the chief of the political section, U.S. Liaison Office, in Peking (Beijing), who helped facilitate the Orchestra’s 1973 historic Tour of China. Platt also helped arrange the meeting with Ambassador Kennedy in Japan. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/3/14, Tokyo: The Orchestra performs Mozart and Mahler, but an ode to joy is seen on Yannick’s face. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/3/14, Tokyo: The concert is recorded by NHK for later broadcast on both radio and television. Photo by Jan Regan.

6/3/14, Tokyo: Yannick demonstrates his thanks for the crowd’s appreciation of the performance with a wave of gratitude. Photo by Jan Regan.

 6/3/14, Tokyo: A long line of Yannick’s fans waiting for an autograph appreciated his deftness with a baton and a pen and the way he humbly took a moment to speak with each of them. Photo by Jan Regan.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns is traveling with the Orchestra on its 2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency. Read his latest dispatch from the road: http://bit.ly/1nSg4Td