The Musicians of the New York City Opera were a driving force in the entire opera company’s first visit to Japan for the 2005 WORLD EXPO in Aichi, Japan. After Japan suffered the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Maestro Yamada began a collaboration with the Musicians of the New York City Opera Orchestra and Japanese citizens of affected areas.
Every year since 2011, a joint performance has been held at Lincoln Center with the Musicians and a 200-member chorus sponsored by Project Hand in Hand, including students from Japanese high schools and American universities.
Project Hand in Hand aims to use performance to support disaster relief, cultural exchange, and education.
The performances have raised awareness about the continued struggles for Japanese citizens affected by the disasters, as well as hope that they will rise above these tragedies.
- September 2005- New York City Opera Orchestra makes first trip to Japan for World EXPO Aichi with Atsushi Yamada
- Tsunami, nuclear meltdown in Japan: March 11, 2011
- First Hand in Hand Concert in New York: March 28, 2012
- Second Hand in Hand Concert in New York: March 22, 2013
- Third Hand in Hand Concert in New York: March 26, 2014
- Fourth Hand in Hand Concert in Natori: November 13, 2014
- July 2015: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center with the Lincoln Center Festival
- December 2015: Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden
- January 2016: Hand in Hand Orchestra performs in Japan
- March 2016: Philharmonia Orchestra of New York Season Premiere