Seiji Ozawa Conducts Two Japanese Orchestras at UN Day Concert
One hundred and sixty Japanese musicians, members of two separate symphonic ensembles, appeared at the United Nations Day Concert in the General Assembly Hall today. The conductor was Seiji Ozawa. In addition to music by Beethoven and Richard Strauss ("Don Quixote") the audience heard the premier of a new Japanese work of three movements, each by a different composer. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim gave an address. The two orchestras are the New Japan Philharmonic, one of seven symphonies presently active in Tokyo, and the Toho String Orchestra, a group of fifty gifted students from the Toho Conservatory. The new composition entitled "Three Spaces -- Ten, Chi, Jin (Heaven, Earth, Human-Kind)" presented varying combinations of traditional Japanese music with symphonic elements.
A Japanese drummer at work in the final movement of "Three Spaces", during rehearsal held on 23 October.