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Friday, June 11, 2004

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Ticket giveaway to classical concert

NEC Corp. will invite 10 pairs of Japan Times readers to the NEC Community Concert being held July 8 at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo.

The electronics giant will also sponsor a symposium June 19 called NEC Art Forum to discuss community revitalization through the arts.

The concert will be performed by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kazumasa Watanabe with Chiharu Taki on solo violin.

The program consists of "Polonaise" from Tchaikovsky's opera "Eugene Onegin," Wieniawski's "Fantasie brillante," based on themes from Gounod's "Faust," Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4." The concert will start at 7 p.m.

Those interested in attending should send a post office-issued ofuku hagaki (return postcard) to NEC Shakai Koken-shitsu, NEC Concert JT-kakari, 5-7-1, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8001. The sender should state name, address, zip code and telephone number on the back of the outgoing part and name and address on the front of the return part. The deadline is June 17.

Sumida Triphony Hall is a five-minute walk from JR Kinshicho Station.

The NEC Art Forum symposium will feature various panelists, including Shuhei Deguchi, secretary general of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Takashi Serizawa, a member of the secretariat for the Asahi Art Festival sponsored by Asahi Breweries, Ltd., and Yasuo Harima, an official of Able Art Japan, which is helping to exhibit art works made by disabled people. The moderator will be Nobuo Kogure, an expert on arts management. There will be no English translation.

NEC Art Forum: 3 p.m. June 19 at Asahi Square A (1-23-1 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku), a five-minute walk from Asakusa subway station. To register, call or fax (03) 3986-1909 or e-mail arts_works@arts-calendar.co.jp


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