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You too can grace the stage at Suntory Hall

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 ...

Glass protegee finds music's emotion in technology

Dec 19, 2017

Glass protegee finds music's emotion in technology

by Shaun Tandon

Wearing a dress made of 100 speakers might seem to be a fashion statement. But for composer Pauchi Sasaki, the aesthetic goes deeper — it is a way to express humanity. The Peruvian artist and chosen protegee of Philip Glass, one of the world's most ...

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

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

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, ...