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In 1873, to mark the 50th anniversary of his musical activities at a concert, Franz Liszt told people of the “Christus” oratorio: “This is my will.” The piece was one of his most important, and on March 31 an orchestra and three chorus groups in Tokyo — the Orchestra Symphonia Musica Poetica, Heinrich Shuetz Chor Tokyo, Mendelssohn Chor and Ensemble Aquarius — will play it for audiences here.

“Christus” is about three-hours long and is rarely performed. The upcoming show was originally scheduled for July 31, 2011, the anniversary of Liszt’s death, but it was postponed due to the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011.

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