Young talent on stage at Tokyo showcase
Stephen Taylor / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer
There may be a chance to spot the next Hiromi
Uehara on Nov. 23, when Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, plays host to
the 36th International Junior Original Concert.
Uehara performed at the concert in 1993 and has
gone on to command an international audience. In September she played with
Chick Corea at Blue Note Tokyo and will return to the world-famous jazz club
for two concerts at the end of this month.
The young musicians range in age from 9-year-old
Yuichi Yoshimoto, from Hokkaido, who will play a suite titled Insect Battle, to
16-year-old Erika Kawamura of Tokyo, whose composition is called Early Spring.
They will be joined by seven other young Japanese
musicians from Chiba, Fukuoka, Hyogo, Osaka, Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures
as well as four overseas participants from Yamaha music schools in Canada,
Indonesia, Mexico and Taiwan.
All the students attend the music classes in their
free time, outside of their regular elementary and middle school curriculums.
Unlike other musical events for young people, the
event will showcase original compositions by the participants and will also
feature an interesting form of audience participation.
Members of the audience who can write music will
be invited to pen one musical phrase and drop their suggestion into a
After the ninth performer has finished, one of the
phrases will be picked out and given to one of the 13 performers, who will
proceed to use it as the basis of an impromptu composition.
The 36th International Junior Original Concert
takes place at Bunkamura Orchard Hall, a 7-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station,
on Nov. 23, from 3 p.m. Tickets are priced at 3,000 yen and 4,000 yen. Call
(03) 5773-0820 or visit www.yamaha-mf.or.jp for more information.
Yamaha Music Foundation is offering Daily Yomiuri
readers five pairs of tickets to the 36th International Junior Original Concert
at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, on Nov. 23, starting at 3 p.m. To
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Yomiuri, International Junior Original Concert ticket giveaway, 1-7-1 Otemachi,
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