A Tour of Firsts: The 1960 BSO Australasian Tour

Australasian-ExhibitA Tour of Firsts:
The 1960 BSO Australasian Tour

1960 BSO Australasian Tour, April 25 – June 18
The BSO embarked on its first Far East tour on April 25, 1960, with Charles Munch. The orchestra performed 36 concerts in 26 cities over 55 days and traveled to Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand in cooperation with the President’s Special International Program for Cultural Presentations. The opening concert in Taipei marked the BSO’s first performance in Asia, and it was the BSO’s first and only tour to Australia and New Zealand. It remains the longest BSO tour to date. The tour was documented in a series of photographs by Jun Miki for Life International Magazine and by BSO violist George Humphrey.



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Life-BrochureFeatured Documents
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Life International Magazine Article (PDF)
BSO press brochure with tour photos from Life International Magazine and a summary of BSO tour activities.

1960 Australasian Tour Itinerary and Programming
Tour Program Cover (PDF) | Tour Program Interior Spread (PDF)
The BSO was originally slated to appear in Seoul at the start of the tour, but due to the unrest of the April Revolution, the tour commenced with two concerts in Taiwan.

Taipei Concert Program, April 29, 1960 (PDF)
Concert program from the BSO’s concert in Taipei, the first performance of the tour and the BSO’s first concert in Asia.

Asahi Evening News, April 30, 1960 (PDF)
The Asahi Evening News review of the BSO's concert in Taipei on April 29, 1960.

Featured Photographs
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Concert ticket from the BSO’s concert in Taipei on April 29, 1960, the first performance of the tour and the BSO’s first concert in Asia.
Ticket for the May 9, 1960 concert in Kyoto. Kyoto became Boston’s first Sister City in 1959.
Souvenir fan with drinks menu from Japan Airlines.
Commemorative banner from the BSO’s performance in Hiroshima, May 15, 1960.
BSO Associate Conductor Richard Burgin and composer Aaron Copland shared conducting duties with BSO Music Director Charles Munch. Burgin and Copland each conducted seven concerts as well as one joint concert in Sydney on June 8. Burgin conducted the “E” program and Copland primarily conducted the “F” program as listed in the tour book above.
Charles Munch and Richard Burgin receive flowers upon arrival in Tokyo, May 1, 1960.
Charles Munch conducts the BSO in Yokohama during the 1960 tour.

Photograph by Jun Miki for Life Magazine
BSO members departing from Boston on the Australasian Tour,
April 25, 1960

Left to right: David Wuliger (timpani), Henry S. Freeman (double bass), Stanley Benson (violin), Bernard Kadinoff (viola), John Holmes (oboe), [?], William Gibson (trombone), Victor Manusevitch (violin), Melvin Hurd Bryant (violin), Armando Ghitalla (trumpet), James Stagliano (horn), Ernst Panenka (bassoon), Gerard Goguen (trumpet), and Manuel Zung (violin).
BSO members demonstrate their instruments to university music students at a forum in Sapporo, May 25, 1960
1. Sumio Kambayashi, advisor to the USIS in Tokyo, as translator and emcee.
2. Louis Speyer (English horn) plays Wagner
3. William Gibson (trombone)
4. Osbourne McConathy (horn) plays Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5
5. Armando Ghitalla (trumpet)
6. James Pappoutsakis (flute) plays solo from Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé
7. Joseph Silverstein (violin) plays Bach
12. Louis Speyer (oboe)

Photographs by BSO violist George Humphrey