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Sunday, May 15, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Students to take part in Kyoto music festival

The Kyoto International Music Student Festival 2011 will be held from May 21 to 25 in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto.

The student musicians will come from such schools as the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; the Berlin University of the Arts; the Sibelius Academy; and the Osaka College of Music.

Students will perform such pieces as the symphonic poem "Finlandia" op.26 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, and the overture to "Candide" by American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein.

The concerts will start at 6:30 p.m. on May 21, 23 to 25, and at 3 p.m. on May 22. The venue is Kyoto-furitsu Fumin Hall Alti, a five-minute walk south of Imadegawa Station on the Karasuma subway line.

Tickets are ¥1,000 per day and ¥3,000 for all five days, and are available at ticket agency Pia (P-code: 133-046) and Lawson convenience stores (L-code: 55386).

For more information, contact the Erato Music Office at (075) 751-0617.

Rare chance to see art in living environment

Art Fair Kyoto 2011 will showcase contemporary artworks in hotel rooms from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 20 to 22.

Visitors will be able to see how artworks look in a living environment — in this case, hotel rooms — rather than specially designed museum or gallery spaces. Around 30 art galleries from Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Aichi and Tokyo will present in separate hotel rooms works ranging from paintings and photographs to sculptures and other art forms.

Admission is ¥2,000 and covers all three days. There will be a ¥2,000 discount on the first artwork purchased.

The venue is Hotel Monterey Kyoto's fourth and fifth floors. The hotel is a two-minute walk from Exit 6 of Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma and Tozai subway lines.

Visit the organizer's website at www.artfairkyoto.com (in Japanese and English) for further details.

Musical programs on tap at Kids Plaza Osaka

Children will get to enjoy dance- and music-related programs at Kids Plaza Osaka, a museum for kids in Kita Ward, Osaka, on May 15, 22, 28 and 29.

On May 15, two workshops will be held featuring "capoeira," a Brazilian dance that exhibits elements of martial arts. The May 22 program features three workshops on African drumming. On May 28, participants will be able to try out various items, including nonmusical objects such as saws and walking sticks, as musical instruments. The May 29 event will also feature African drums.

The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. It is closed Mondays. Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students, and ¥300 for children older than 3.

The museum is near Exit 2 of Ogimachi Station on the Sakaisuji subway line and a three-minute walk from Tenma Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line.

For program details, such as time, age limit and number of people who will be accepted per workshop, as well as other information, go to the museum's website at www.kidsplaza.or.jp (in Japanese).

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