Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



The Juilliard School Classical Music Concert at APU


Nov 24, 2010

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, the Juilliard School Classical Music Concert was held at the APU Millennium Hall in front of a packed house of APU students, faculty, and local citizens. Held to mark the Sylff Administrators Meeting*, the concert featured a quartet from the Juilliard School, New York, and a performance by APU graduate and professional shamisen player, SUZUKI Toshie.

Beginning with an address by Ms. Akiko MATSUNOBU, Executive Director of the Tokyo Foundation, the concert then proceeded with an enthralling performance on the "Tsugaru Shamisen" by Ms. SUZUKI and her students of regional favorites, an original composition, and solo performance.

The Juilliard quartet then took centre-stage and treated the audience to three classical pieces, namely, Mozart's Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-Flat Major K.498 "Kegelstatt", followed by Chopin's Grande waltz Brillante in E-flat Major, opus 18 - a fitting performance to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth - before finishing off with Brahms' Trio in E-flat Major, opus. 40. The quartet was warmly welcomed back onto the stage for their encore performance of the opening march from the Japanese movie "My Neighbor Totoro".

With each piece setting a unique mood, the audience enjoyed every bit of the evening of rich performance. CHEN Shujuan (GSA1) commented on the concert, "The performances were just wonderful! It was such a great evening of eastern and western music, and I really enjoyed it".

During their stay in Japan, the Juilliard School musicians also gave volunteer concerts the Kyushu University Hospital at Beppu, and the "Taiyo no Ie" Welfare Centre for the Disabled.

* The Sylff Administrators Meeting
Held at APU from Tuesday, November 2 until Thursday, November 4, 2010, to mark APU's adoption into the Sylff Program. Through the Sylff Program, APU receives an endowment of one million US dollars to establish scholarship funds providing financial assistance to selected graduate students with leadership potential studying in the social sciences and humanities fields. Please click here for more information on the Sylff Administrators Meeting:

Reporter, Student Press Assistant (SPA): SETHURAM Shyamala (APM2, India)

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