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Friday, July 7, 2006

Opening classical music to all

The classical music festival "Festa Summer Muza Kawasaki 2006" will be held from July 21 to Aug. 13 at Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, with tickets for many performances priced at an audience-friendly 1,000-2,000 yen yen. In an attempt to bring classical music to a wider audience, most concerts run for a little more than an hour and feature open rehearsal, while some start as late as 8 p.m.

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Hubert Soudant conducts Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

Kazushi Ono, Yutaka Sado and Hubert Soudant will be among the conductors performing at the festival, which brings together nine leading orchestras from the Tokyo area.

Some of the highlights of the program include Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Philharmonic Orchestra performing Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E minor op. 64" conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama (violin by Tsugio Tokunaga) on July 21 (7 p.m, tickets 1,000 yen); the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra performing "Symphonie dramatique Romeo et Juliette, op. 17" by Berlioz at 4 p.m., July 22, (tickets 3,000 yen, 4,000 yen and 5,000 yen); and the NHK Symphony Orchestra performing Albert Reed's "Armenian Dances, Part I" on Aug. 5 (4 p.m., tickets 2,000 yen and 3,000 yen).

Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall is a few minutes' walk from JR Kawasaki Station's West Exit (28 minutes from Shinjuku Station). For tickets, call (044) 520-0200 or (03) 3376-1919 and for the full schedule, visit www.kawasaki-sym-hall.jp

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