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Friday, Nov. 28, 2003


Concert to aid developing countries

A charity concert featuring Handel's Messiah will be held Nov. 30 in Tokyo and Dec. 6. in Osaka to raise money for the Japan International Volunteer Center.

The JVC Messiah Benefit Concert will be held at 4 p.m. in Tokyo at Showa Women's University, in Hitomi Memorial Hall, and at 4 p.m. in Osaka, at Izumi Hall.

The concert will feature soprano Marianne Hirsti, alto Gale Fuller, tenor Yoshifumi Hata and bass Nathaniel Watson. Oslo Dom Cathedral's Terje Kvam will conduct.

In Tokyo, the Tokyo Oratorio Society and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra will perform. Different groups will be featured for the Osaka concert.

JVC was founded in 1980 to help Southeast Asian refugees and is now conducting developmental and environmental projects to help people in developing countries.

With a donation of 5,000 yen, for example, the group can buy enough medicine to help 20 Iraqi children recover from chronic diarrhea or a year's worth of textbooks and supplies to educate 10 primary-school students in South Africa.

Hitomi Memorial Hall is a five-minute walk from Sangenjaya Station on the Denentoshi Line. Izumi Hall a three-minute walk from Osaka-jo Koen Station on the JR Kanjo Line.

Tickets are 3,500 yen, 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen for the Tokyo concert, and start at 4,000 yen for the Osaka concert. For tickets, call (03) 3836-4108 or e-mail tomokai@jca.apc.org.

Please provide name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and the type and number of tickets desired.

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