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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000682.txt from 2000/07

From: Takashi Kawai <kawai@-----.jp>
Subj: [kl] Re: Another "high" moment
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 04:58:45 -0400

William Wright wrote at Wed, 19 Jul 2000 12:51:59 -0700 (PDT):

> Another of the best moments (for me) at ClarinetFest was the Tokyo
> Clarinet Philharmony. I had never heard a clarinet choir before, much
> less one who played *so magnificently*, and their formal dress (the
> ladies in colorful ball gowns) added to the impact.

A member of TCP was afraid that their program might not satisfy
the audience because it was so different from usual clarinet choir's
repertoir in the States. Fortunately, she was wrong. :)

> When I was talking to a Japanese attendee in the cafeteria, she
> explained that most likely this was not the reason. She said that it
> was a cultural difference. The Japanese do not have extended 'personal
> leave' from their employment as we do, and hence (according to this
> lady) the Tokyo Philharmony probably choose to perform on Sunday so that
> they could do their traveling on Saturday and Sunday night and thereby
> not miss so much work.

It's true that most Japanese people tend to hestate having a week
day-offs only for personal pleasures, though I had. Probably I might
be an exceptional person in Japan. ;)

In fact, I heard they arrived at Norman on the Thursday's night
and reheased the program two days.

After the concert, I talked to Professor Kaihoko, the conductor.
He said it might be difficult for them to play on the next Clarinet
Fest at New Olreans, because they would have a summer clarinet camp
at the same time.

Takashi Kawai
Takatsuki / Japan

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