Musicians of Hiroshima and nuclear powers to convey wish for peace at April concert

by Michiko Tanaka, Staff Writer

On April 1, musicians from the A-bombed city of Hiroshima and five nuclear weapon states will perform together and appeal for nuclear abolition at the “Concert for Peace in Hiroshima” at Aster Plaza in downtown Hiroshima. A musician who organized a concert in New York in conjunction with the 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference decided to stage another concert in the A-bombed city.

On February 25, the executive committee of the concert, chaired by Kazutaka Yamamoto, president of the Japan-America Society of Hiroshima, held a news conference at Hiroshima City Hall and announced their plan to hold the event.

About 35 mainly younger musicians, including a pianist, a violinist, and a soprano singer, from the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, and China, will join the concert. From Hiroshima, about 100 people, including a choir and a junior orchestra, will take part, and in all, the participants will perform about 15 pieces, mostly classical music. A British actress will also recite a poem.

The decision to hold the concert came after Yasuko Mitsui, a harpsichord player and resident of Hatsukaichi City, who organized the concert in New York three years ago, called on the participants in the New York concert to stage another concert in Hiroshima. Ms. Mitsui, also a member of the event’s executive committee, said, “I would like to convey our wish to leave a peaceful world for future generations.”

The concert will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at 3,500 yen (3,000 yen for advance tickets) for adults and 2,000 yen for students. For further information, please call 090-1688-6091.

(Originally published on February 26, 2013)