Tokyo Philharmonic to Perform with Students from Fukushima and NYC to Mark 100 Years, Earthquake Anniversary, 3/10
Rakuten, Inc., hereinafter referred to as Rakuten (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, CEO and chairman: Hiroshi Mikitani), will support the TOMODACHI Project (hosted by TOMODACHI Initiative), a U.S.-Japan music exchange program for Fukushima university students and New York special music school students. The program will be held to mark the New York concert of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, whose chairman is Mr. Mikitani, for its 100th Anniversary World Tour 2014. Rakuten is a principal sponsor of the world tour, and the concert in New York is also supported by TOMODACHI Initiative.
The TOMODACHI Project was created to provide an opportunity for selected university students from Fukushima, which was hard-hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and young musicians of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, to visit a music school in New York and meet with the students. We believe this exchange program will help cultivate the TOMODACHI generation, young leaders with international skills and perspective, both in U.S. and Japan. In addition to supporting the Project, Rakuten will take responsibility for inviting the Fukushima university students to the program through the company's CSR activities for promoting education and music, and for the recovery effort in the earthquake stricken areas.
TOMODACHI Initiative has conducted various activities in the two years since the earthquake. This is the first time for TOMODACHI Initiative to promote a music exchange program. Participants at the exchange will perform music including "Flowers will bloom," a song written to raise money for Great East Japan Earthquake relief.
TOMODACHI Project, an exchange program to mark the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra World Tour 2014, New York Concert
Host: TOMODACHI Initiative
Date and Time: 13:15-14:15, Monday, March 10th, 2014 (local time)
[Venue opens at 12:45]
Venue: High School Auditorium at Special Music School
(129 W 67th St., New York, NY)
Details: Music exchange program for Fukushima university students and New York special music school students
Participants: 5 members of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra