Every year, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo commissions a new orchestral work from a leading composer. This year’s featured composer is Julian Yu.
On 25 August the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra will give the work première of Yu’s new work Symphonic Suite for Our Natural World. Kazuki Yamada conducts. Also on the programme is Yu’s Wu-Yu for orchestra, which will receive its Japanese première.
The ancient Chinese word Wu-Yu refers to rain-making ceremonies performed in times of drought. This composition is conceptual rather than programmatic: it does not seek to describe the outer details of such a ceremony, but rather to capture its essence.
Further works by Yu will be performed on 30 August, as part of the Summer Festival 2011, including Scintillation 2 for piano, 2 vibraphones and glockenspiel, and Philopentatonia for chamber orchestra. Yasuaki Itakura conducts the Tokyo Sinfonietta.