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Friday, Sept. 12, 2003


An orchestration of Asia's best

Asia Orchestra Week 2003 will kick off Oct. 2 and showcase seven orchestras from seven Asian countries.

The program for each orchestra will be selected according to three rules: 1) The performance must feature a work by a renowned composer from the orchestra's home country; (2) There must be a concerto featuring a soloist from that country; and (3) The orchestra must feature a repertoire it is most confident in playing.

Making their Tokyo debuts will be The Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and the Mongolian State Philharmonics Symphony Orchestra, which will perform at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall on Oct. 2 and 3, respectively. The other five orchestras will perform at Symphony Hall in Osaka, Oct. 6-10: the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 6, the All Kansai Orchestra on Oct. 7, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 8, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra (from South Korea) on Oct. 9, and the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra (from China) on the festival's last day, Oct. 10.

Each performance will start at 7 p.m. For a detailed schedule (in Japanese only), visit www.orchestra.or.jp

Advance tickets for each performance cost 4,000 yen, 3,000 yen and 1,000 yen and are available from Tokyo Opera City Ticket Center at (03) 5353-9999, the Symphonic Hall Yoyaku Center at (06) 6453-6000, Ticket Pia at (0570) 02-9990, or online at e+ eee.eplus.co.jp/

Tickets for all five performances are 12,000 yen and 8,000 yen, and available from Classic House, (06) 6341-8116.

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