On Sunday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m., the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta will make its American debut at Symphony Hall in a special performance commemorating the fifth anniversary of the environmental disasters that devastated northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
Created at the initiative of students from a number of Fukushima middle schools and high schools in the aftermath of the disasters, the Sinfonietta comes to Boston following sold-out performances at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Tokyo Opera City. The program, conducted by the world-renowned, Fukushima native Tetsuji Honna, includes an Overture by Glinka, Adagio for Strings by Barber, Flute Concerto in D major (K314) by Mozart, and Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor (Op.18) by Rachmaninoff. Featured will be pianist Panos Karan and flute virtuoso Zach Tarpagos, two professional musicians from Greece whom the students asked to help them form the orchestra and who have returned more than twenty times to coach them.
The concert is sponsored by the Japan Society of Boston (JSB), with the cooperation of the Consulate General of Japan in Boston, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Keys of Change, and the U.S.-Japan “Tomodachi Initiative” of the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Japan.
For more information about the concert and the Sinfonietta, please see attached flyer, and visit JSB’s event page (http://www.japansocietyboston.org/event-2146911) and Boston Symphony Hall’s program page (www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/79564/).
On behalf of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, we hope you will join us for what will be a most memorable concert.