Music event in Hiroshima on April 7-8 to encourage meeting of foreign ministers

by Kyosuke Mizukawa, Staff Writer

To encourage the meeting of foreign ministers that will take place in Hiroshima prior to the Group of Seven (G7) summit (Ise Shima summit), a musical event called the “Hiroshima Peace Music Summit” will be held in Naka Ward, Hiroshima on April 7 and 8. The event is being organized by an executive committee composed of 14 entities including the City of Hiroshima and local music groups. Musicians from eight countries will perform at the event with wishes for friendship and peace. Chizuko Tani, the vice chairman of the executive committee, held a press conference at City Hall on February 2 to discuss the event.

The opening concert, on April 7, will be held at JMS Aster Plaza in Naka Ward at 6:30 p.m. Vocalists from Russia, South Korea, and other locations will sing to the accompaniment of James Vaughn, a pianist of the La Scala in Milano, Italy. The program will also include choral singing by children from Hiroshima and a reading of poetry about the atomic bombing by an American actor.

On the second day of the event, April 8, a symposium will take place from 10 a.m. at the Gojinsha Wendy Hito Machi Plaza in Naka Ward. Four panelists, including an A-bomb survivor, will talk about the contribution that music has made to the city’s recovery. Mr. Vaughn and the general manager at the opera house in Germany will discuss such topics as the possibility of holding an international music competition in the A-bombed cities.

The executive committee also plans to issue a program with the wishes of the event’s participants for a peaceful world, written in both Japanese and English, and present this to the foreign ministers. About 500 seats are available for the concert. Advance tickets are 3,000 yen for adults and 2,000 yen for students, and are now on sale at major ticket outlets in Hiroshima. The symposium will offer free admission to the first 50 people. For details, please call 090-2293-9711.

(Originally published on February 5, 2016)