Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

| Aug 3, 2017

Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" tells the story of a young Japanese girl named Cio-Cio San ("chō-chō" is the Japanese word for "butterfly") marrying and getting dumped by an American naval officer named Pinkerton. First performed in Italy in 1904, the opera is one ...

The cultural legacy of <em>erhu</em> artist WeiWei Wuu

Jun 13, 2017

The cultural legacy of erhu artist WeiWei Wuu

When erhu artist WeiWei Wuu took to the stage at Shanghai Concert Hall on April 30, she delivered a show that could be described as out of the ordinary. The Chinese audience likely expected to see a woman playing the traditional instrument while seated, wearing ...

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 58-year-old, ...

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 shaping ...