Supporting Japan-related programs in European Capitals of Culture

Kyoto Symphony Orchestra Concert

Pilsen 2015


Emergent Japanese orchestra offers long-awaited performance in European Capital of Culture Plzeň

A product of Europe, classical music is now familiar to people throughout the world. Established in 1956 as the only Japanese orchestra operated by a local authority, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra this year celebrates its 60th anniversary as a unit with a proud history. For its first overseas performance in eighteen years, the orchestra visited European Capital of Culture Plzeň, followed by dates in Cologne, Amsterdam and Florence on a tour that won acclaim in all four cities. Presented as a highlight of the Plzeň 2015 program, the orchestra was welcomed with such heightened expectations that the City Clubhouse Great Hall had to add extra seating to accommodate the many non-regular subscribers who wished to attend. The performance was a great success as a full house met the high-quality performance, conducted by Junichi Hirokami and featuring the promising young violin soloist Fumiaki Miura, with massive applause in a standing ovation.


3 Jun. 2015


Mestanska Beseda – Main Hall


Torru Takemitsu: three film themes for string orchestra   Sergei Prokofiev: concert for violin and orchestra, No. 2 in G Minor   Richard Strausse: Symphonic poem “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”, op.28   Richard Strausse: a suite from the opera Der Rosenkavalier, op.59

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