The Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Herbert von Karajan, will play concerts in four cities in the United States, including Pasadena, in October.

The U.S. tour begins Oct. 15 in Symphony Hall, Boston, with a program of Brahms' Third and First symphonies. In the Metropolitan Opera House in New York Oct. 19, Karajan will lead a program consisting of Mozart's Divertimento in D, K. 334, and the Ninth Symphony by Bruckner. After a 10-year absence, the Berlin ensemble will return to Chicago Oct. 20 to play a Richard Strauss program devoted to "Metamorphosen" and "Ein Heldenleben."

At Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena Oct. 22 and 23, Karajan will lead the Mozart/Bruckner and Strauss programs, respectively. The orchestra last played in the Los Angeles area in 1982.

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