National Symphony will limit Asia tour to Japan, in response to coronavirus concerns

Posted on: February 5, 2020

“The National Symphony Orchestra has canceled three concerts in China, which were to conclude its Japan-China tour next month, over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak,” writes Peggy McGlone in Tuesday’s (2/4) Washington Post. “The shortened trip—the first international tour with music director Gianandrea Noseda—will now feature five concerts in Japan, including a performance in Hiroshima honoring the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The NSO is the first American orchestra to perform in Hiroshima in 50 years. The cancellation is the result of government warnings about the virus outbreak and major airlines deciding not to fly to China, according to NSO Executive Director Gary Ginstling…. Ginstling said the NSO sees no risk in traveling to Japan for the first, and longest, part of the tour. ‘We have five concerts in Japan,’ he said. ‘We’ll be there for eight or nine days. Based on the information we have, we feel confident there’s no increased risk there.’ The NSO tour was expected to end with two concerts in Beijing and one in Shanghai. Instead, it will begin March 6 in Fukui, stop in Sakai and Hiroshima and conclude with two concerts in Tokyo on March 10 and 11.”