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FullSizeRender (51)On Tuesday, June 28, I was invited to the concert of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) at Suntory Hall. Prestia presents this series which Kazuki Yamada conducts.
I wanted to hear Kazuki conducting the CBSO as he is a wonderful upcoming conductor based in Berlin.    I have been  involved with the project with him, which turned out to be quite exciting.  (In fact, I had three-way talk with him and Dai Fujikura two days before at Roppongi Academy Hills, which was very inspiring and fun!)

As it was the only concert in Tokyo after Kurashiki, Nagoya and Osaka, during their Japan tour, I ran into quite a few business leaders whom I had known.  It was nice to catch up with them even briefly.

IMG_0361They started with Overture to Egmont by Beethoven, followed by piano solo by Hisako Kawamura.  It was the first time I heard her play Piano Concert No. 3 in D Minor by S, Rachmaninov.  She was so powerful almost going against the orchestra now AND so lovely and soft collaborating with them next time.  It was so beautiful to see how great talents create the beautiful music by interacting and by stimulating each other. We hosted the session last Friday entitled “What is Beauty?” and I could not think of any other term than “beautiful”  to describe this concert.

After the intermission, the orchestra played Symphony No. 7 in A major by Beethoven.  I often listen to this symphony (as I love Beethoven!)  Listening to this piece was such a wonderful experience as I felt as if I have been swept away by the natural and powerful flow… Quoting my friend who was there, “Was engrossed in the performance from start to finish. The conductor was truly spellbinding!!!” I totally agree!

Reception sponsored by Prestia followed and two artists showed up after the speech by the top management of the bank.  They seemed so radiant and their remarks sophisticated that I felt so inspired!

As I came home, I felt it was one of the best concerts I have heard recently.  (I was so excited that I got up at 4:00 a.m. next morning!) Listening to beautiful music makes you feel that life is so amazing…full of wonders…

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