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Friday, July 13, 2007

FESTA SUMMER MUZA KAWASAKI

Quick, cheap and cheerful

Festa Summer MUZA Kawasaki 2007 advertises classical music as if it were fast food: quick, cheap and cheerful.

And just like the calorie content of fare at your local fast-food joint, there's an awful lot to consume at this festa: Nine professional orchestras from Tokyo and Yokohama will perform at MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall from July 25 to Aug. 12, with the average price of tickets being just 3,000 yen.

Each concert has a running time of about 70 minutes.

There's even a "kids menu." "Kid Festa" is a program (held Aug. 1-3, featuring the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra) open to families with children aged 4 and up that hopes to introduce classical music to children.

The festival also includes free mini-concerts, which even babies can be taken to, as well as a free exhibition of 85 works by popular copper-print artist Yoko Yamamoto, titled "Musical Life."

In the opening concert on July 25 (7 p.m.), Italian Nicola Luisotti will conduct the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. The program includes Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" Overture and Tchaikovsky's "Romeo et Juliette" Fantasy Overture.

Before the start of each performance, audiences can attend orchestra rehearsals or talks given by the conductor.

For the complete list of the programs and details on all nine orchestras in English or Japanese, visit www.kawasaki-sym-hall.jp/festa/

MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall, 1310 Omiya-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City, is a few minutes' walk from JR Kawasaki Station's West Exit.



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