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

Jun 13, 2017

The cultural legacy of erhu artist WeiWei Wuu

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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

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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

| Nov 16, 2016

Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

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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 ...

Mar 29, 2016

Youth orchestra from Fukushima makes U.S. debut

An ensemble of young Japanese musicians founded in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster is making its U.S. debut in Boston. The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta will perform April 3 at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Senior musicians from Japan, the ...

Seiji Ozawa ends summer on high note

Sep 25, 2013

Seiji Ozawa ends summer on high note

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Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe reportedly once said “God is in the details.” Conductor Seiji Ozawa would literally agree. He meets The Japan Times at a cafe he frequents in Tokyo’s Seijo district.