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May 12, 2010

Historic ecumenical parley revived in Tokyo

From June 14 to 23, 1910, some 1,200 representatives of 176 Christian missionary societies and church mission boards gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland, to attend the World Missionary Conference. This conference spearheaded the modern ecumenical movement to promote cooperation and unity among different Christian groups ...

Concert fetes Bach's birth

/ Mar 19, 2010

Concert fetes Bach's birth

On March 20, one day before the 325th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's birth, three choral groups and an instrumental group will present Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" in Hoya, Tokyo. They will be led by Taro Tanno and his mother, Yumiko, both of whom are ...

Yazawa mixes classic piano with modern electronics

Feb 12, 2010

Yazawa mixes classic piano with modern electronics

When Tomoko Yazawa calls, composers listen. This champion of contemporary piano music is well-connected to composers around the world and often asks them to write new pieces for her. They often comply resulting in many works being performed at her concerts for the first time. ...

Choreographer Zaides serves up some solos

/ Oct 16, 2009

Choreographer Zaides serves up some solos

Arkadi Zaides, an independent choreographer and dancer, will present two solo dance pieces and a three-day workshop in Tokyo this month. Zaides was born in Belarus in 1979 and emigrated to Israel in 1990. He built his career in well-known dance groups such as Noa ...

/ Sep 25, 2009

'Paulus' to mark Mendelssohn bicentennial

To mark the bicentennial of the birth of German composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847), two choral groups and two instrumental groups based in Tokyo will present "Paulus (St. Paul)," the first of the composer's oratorios. "Paulus," which Mendelssohn started composing in 1834 and finished in ...

Jazz meets literature in concert

/ Jul 3, 2009

Jazz meets literature in concert

Three Japanese artists living in Berlin, together with a French musician, will stage two performances in Yokohama featuring music, dance and readings to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the city's port. The three Japanese expats — leading jazz pianist Aki Takase, Yoko ...

/ May 22, 2009

A Russian maestro of Prokofiev

Russian conductor Alexander Lazarev, who became chief conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2008, aims to lead the orchestra in performing the seven symphonies by his compatriot Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) over a period of three years. On June 19 and 20, he will ...

Dance for the green at heart

/ May 8, 2009

Dance for the green at heart

The leading Portuguese dance troop Kamusuna Ballet Company, led by artistic director/ choreographer Cesar Augusto Moniz, are about to bring their vibrant exploration of contemporary themes through dance to Tokyo audiences. The piece they will perform, "Love the Earth," which was first presented in Lisbon ...

Asia Orchestra Week

/ Sep 19, 2008

Asia Orchestra Week

The annual Asia Orchestra Week, this year featuring Chinese, Vietnamese and South Korean orchestras, will take place in early October in Tokyo and Osaka — with low ticket prices as an added incentive. Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra and Busan Philharmonic ...