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You too can grace the stage at Suntory Hall

Music Mar 27, 2018

You too can grace the stage at Suntory Hall

by Chiho Iuchi

Concert halls aren't just venues to enjoy music, they're landmarks. And among the many scattered around Tokyo, Suntory Hall has had the distinction of being described as a "jewel box of sound" by Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan (1908-89). The hall, which will hold a ...

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

Music Jun 13, 2017

The cultural legacy of erhu artist WeiWei Wuu

by Chiho Iuchi

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

Music Feb 5, 2017

Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

by Chiho Iuchi

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, ...

Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

Music | Japan Nov 16, 2016

Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

by Chiho Iuchi

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 ...