This year’s Asia Orchestra Week will be held from Oct. 2-4 as part of the National Arts Festival sponsored by the governmental Agency for Cultural Affairs.
South Korea’s flagship KBS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chang Yun Sung, will feature 19-year-old Kim Sun Wook for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In 2006 Kim was the first Asian to win the Leeds International Piano Competition. (Oct. 2 at Tokyo Opera City and Oct. 3 at the Symphony Hall in Osaka.)
The Kunming Symphony Orchestra, a rising orchestra from the landlocked Chinese province of Yunnan, will play Mao Yuan and Liu Tieshan’s “Dance of the Yao People” and others. (Oct. 3, Tokyo only.)
The India-Sri Lanka Goodwill Orchestra, made up of musicians from the Delhi Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, will feature Harsha Makalanda, a pianist whose output includes jazz, pop, music direction and film music, and Ravi Bandhu Vidyapathy, who will play the traditional Geta Beraya drums of Sri Lanka. (Oct. 4, Tokyo only.)
Concert tickets are ¥1,000, ¥2,000 and ¥3,000. Call (03) 5353-9999 for Tokyo performances and (06) 6341-8116 for Osaka. All performances will start at 7 p.m.
Three-day tickets for the Tokyo performances are ¥7,000 and ¥5,000. Call (03) 5610-7275.
For more information, visit www.orchestra.or.jp.
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