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Friday, April 9, 2004


Concerts to aid Chernobyl victims

The Chernobyl Children's Fund, Japan, will hold a series of charity concerts starting April 17 to raise money to help those still suffering from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine.

Natasha Gudziy, who was 6 when she was exposed to radiation in the accident, will sing, and her younger sister, Kacha Gudziy, who was only 1 month old when the accident occurred, will play bandura, a Ukrainian musical instrument with 61 strings. Three Japanese musicians will also take part -- on piano, keyboard and koto. At some concerts, the sisters' father, Mikhail Gudziy, who worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, will give a lecture.

In Tokyo, the concert will be held from 3:30 p.m. at Sesion Suginami ([03] 3317-6611. A five-minute walk from Higashi Koenji Station on the Marunouchi subway line).

Advance tickets are 2,500 yen and can be ordered by calling (03) 5376-7897 or faxing (03) 5376-7890. At the door tickets are 3,000 yen; for disabled people, high-school students and younger children the price is 2,000 yen.

The schedule of other concerts and telephone numbers for tickets is as follows:

Osaka, April 17, 1:30 p.m., Apio Osaka Sho Hall, (072) 843-1904.

Nara, April 18, 2 p.m., Narasi Naramachi Center, (0742) 71-8795.

Yokohama, April 22, 7 p.m., Yokohama-shi Minami Kokaido, (045) 714-8181.

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