Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

Feb 5, 2017

Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

Classical music has always been a big part of Ikuo Nakajima’s life. He never became a professional trumpeter, opting instead to become a managing engineer, but that hasn’t stopped him from performing. “There’s an excitement that only an amateur orchestra can create,” says the ...

Tokyo-based luthier who replicates storied violins is one of a kind

Jan 5, 2017

Tokyo-based luthier who replicates storied violins is one of a kind

Throughout the history of classical music there have been composers who, in moments of inspiration, created masterpieces that have stayed with us for centuries. Just as important are those musicians who, through their own virtuosity, re-create those masterpieces — a talent that was particularly ...

Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

| Nov 16, 2016

Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

Classical music fans in Japan are set for a treat when the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducts its first tour of this country from Nov. 19 through Dec. 4. Throughout its 80-year history as a leading orchestra, the JSO has played a crucial role in ...

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

Jan 28, 2016

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

The world of opera has always found inspiration in the works of William Shakespeare, but adapting them for the stage requires flexibility. Kyoko Hagi, a composer who serves as the representative of Opera Theater Konnyakuza, points out that Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi transformed “Macbeth” ...