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Friday, May 4, 2012

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The Leipzig String Quartet


German string quartet return to help Tohoku

Staff writer

The Leipzig String Quartet, an internationally acclaimed chamber-music ensemble from Germany, will be back in Japan this year for a weeklong charity tour of cities affected by the Great Japan East Earthquake, capping it off with a gig in Tokyo on May 9.

The string quartet, dubbed "one of the towering and most versatile quartets of our time" by a Swiss newspaper, held a series of charity concerts in Tohoku in the wake of the March 11 disasters last year. To show continued support for — and friendship with — the disaster victims through music, the group is again offering free concerts at various venues in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures from May 4-8.

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo, which has sent its employees as volunteers to the disaster-hit areas of the north since last year through its charity fund "WISH. for Japan," is hosting the musicians' Tokyo concert. Part of the proceeds will go to the charity fund to help finance the hotel's disaster-relief program. The one-hour concert will be preceded and followed by a cocktail reception.

The Leipzig String Quartet performs in Iwate Prefecture at Hanamaki Koryu Kaikan and Kenji Miyazawa Memorial Hall on May 5, and Otsuchi Chuo and Miyako City Yamaguchi community centers on May 6. Shows in Miyagi Prefecture take place at Ishinomaki Catholic Church on May 4, Naruko Elementary School and Miyama Inn on May 7, and Monou Junior High School and Kinzoji Temple on May 8. A charity concert will be held in the Ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, on May 9 (from 8 p.m.). Admission (both in advance and at the door) is ¥4,500. For ticket reservations, call (03) 6739-7888.

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