A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

The City of Tsukuba, the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation, and the Tsukuba 9th Symphony Steering Committee would like to invite the public to a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D. minor, opus 125, known as the “Ode to Joy Choral” to be performed at Nova Hall on Saturday, December 30, 2006. The choral parts will be performed by a community chorus made up of local residents and the 2006 Tsukuba 9th Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yuichi Takubo. Members of the citizen’s chorus rehearsed for about 4 months to stage this inaugural year-end choral concert here in Tsukuba City. In addition to the “Ode to Joy” Symphony, Wolfgang Mozart’s Divertimento for string orchestra in D major (“The Salzburg Symphony No. 1”), K. 136 will also be part of the afternoon program, which is set to open its doors at 2pm with the actual performance beginning at 3pm.

General admission tickets are being sold for 1,500 yen at the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation or Tsukuba Shinkou Zaidan located at the rear of the Tsukuba Capio Center (029-851-2886) or at Nova Hall (029-852-5881). For more information, call the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation (029-856-7007).

For those of you out there not flying home for the holidays and who are planning to spend your New Year’s Holiday here in Japan, come join us during this holiday season. Make the December 30 choral concert a part of your end-of-the-year celebrations.

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