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Friday, Aug. 13, 2004


Classical stars offer student discount

Foreign students studying in Japan will be offered discount tickets for a dual concert featuring violinist Narimichi Kawabata and pianist Noriko Ogawa, both of whom are internationally known musicians based in Britain.

The concert -- "Sonata Series 2004 -- From Classic to Modern" -- will feature three violin sonatas -- the No. 25 G-Major K.301 (293a) by Mozart, the No. 1 A-Major op. 13 by Faure, and the No. 1 F-Minor op. 80 by Prokofiev.

Tickets are 6,000 yen, 5,000 yen and 4,000 yen, but foreign students -- from primary school on up to university -- will be allowed in for 1,000 yen.

The concert starts at 2 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Kioi Hall in Tokyo. Those interested must call promoter Earth Corp. at (03) 5614-6969 (from Aug. 18) or fax (03) 3668-9490 or visit www.narimichi.jp (Japanese only).

Those interested should mention the Oct. 10 concert and provide name, address, telephone number, number and type of tickets (S, A or B), and whether the concertgoers are foreign students or not.

Violinist Kawabata, who is virtually blind, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received the honor of performing as soloist for the institution's 175th anniversary concert in 1997. The concert is only held every quarter century. He was also only the second person in the history of the academy to be awarded the status of Special Artist.

Ogawa studied at the preparatory school for the Tokyo College of Music and the Julliard School of Music. After moving to Britain in 1987, she took third prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. She also has an exclusive contract with BIS, the largest record label in northern Europe.

Kioi Hall is across from the main entrance of the Hotel New Otani, which is close to Exit 7 of Nagata-cho subway station and Exit D of Akasaka Mitsuke subway station.

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