This concert was part of the TOMODACHI Suntory Fukushima Mirai Music Program, which brought eight Japanese high school students from Fukushima prefecture to New York City. This program was launched in February 2016 by Suntory Holdings Limited (Suntory) and the TOMODACHI Initiative, and was held in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers program.
The program provided students in the wind ensemble club at Fukushima Futaba Mirai Gakuen High School opportunities to rehabilitate their hearts through music. The Japanese students created their own arrangements of the Japanese song Furusato, which means "hometown" in Japanese. During the concert, New York Philharmonic musicians and guest artists performed the music created by Very Young Composers from Fukushima and New York City.
These activities were a continuation of the collaboration between TOMODACHI and the Philharmonic in the 2014–15 season.