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Friday, Jan. 20, 2006

MOZART COMMEMORATIONS

Vienna-schooled musicianmarks special anniversary

Kotono Sakakura, who has studied cembalo for the last 10 years in Vienna, will give two concerts featuring an all-Mozart program on Jan. 27 and Feb. 1 in Tokyo. Born on Jan. 27, 1756, this year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Austrian composer. Sakakura will play a replica of an original cembalo, a key instrument whose strings are plucked, which was completed in December after six months in the making.

Sakakura went to Vienna in 1995 when she was 23 to study at the Vienna University of Music and Fine Arts, and is now a student at Mozarteum University in Salzburg, the city of Mozart's birth. An active performer in Europe and the United States, she made her Japan concert debut last year at Tokyo's Opera City.

At the Jan. 27 concert, which is to be held at Suntory Hall, Sakakura will be joined by two violists -- Daniel Frosch-auer, the leader of the first violin section of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ukrainian Maxim Brilinsky.

The program includes "Concertone for two violins and harpsichord in C major (K.190)" and "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (K. 525)."

On Feb. 1, Sakakura performs a solo concert.

Both concerts start at 7 p.m. Tickets are 4,000 yen for Jan. 27 at Suntory Hall (Small Hall), Akasaka 1-13-1, Minato-ku (a 5-minute walk from Roppongi Itchome Station on the Namboku subway line, Exit 3). Call (03) 5432-5850 for tickets.

Tickets for the Feb. 1 solo concert at Fuchu-no-mori Geijutsu Gekijo, 1-1 Asama-cho, Fuchu City, Tokyo, are 3,000 yen. For tickets call (042)-333-9999. The venue is a 5-minute walk from Higashi-Fuchu Station on the Keio Line.



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