Musicians perform at Myanmar-Japan Concert 2019 in Yangon

The Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra and Japanese musicians perform live during the Myanmar-Japan Concert at the National Theatre in Yangon. PHOTO: PE ZAW
The Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra and Japanese musicians perform live during the Myanmar-Japan Concert at the National Theatre in Yangon. PHOTO: PE ZAW

Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra and a band of Japanese musicians led by Mr. Yunosoke Yamamoto (Conductor & Composer) entertained a full house with their performances at the ‘Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra with Japan Concert 2019’ held at the National Theatre in Yangon yesterday.
Attending the concert were Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Regional Advocate General Daw Khin Myo Kyi, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe, Regional Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs U Zaw Aye Maung, MRTV Director-General U Myint Htwe, Director-General Daw Kay Thi Soe of the Strategic Studies and Training Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japanese Ambassador Mr. Ichiro Maruyama and embassy staff, other foreign ambassadors, officials and invited guests.
This is the 5th concert held with collaboration between MRTV, the Japanese Embassy in Myanmar, and The Japan Foundation.
Mr. Yunosoke Yamamoto said they had to practice for a year before performing at the concert. He said, “We have different instruments and music styles, and our differing culture and languages created minor complications. But music has the ability to unite everything, so we turned out fine. I believe our two countries’ relations will be even stronger after holding such a musical and cultural exchange.”
The ensemble consisted of 60 musicians from the national orchestra, 4 from the national hsaing waing, 15 Japanese western musicians, 4 Japanese traditional musicians, and 45 vocalists from music alliance and Insein music band. They performed western classics, cartoon plays and soundtracks, and Myanmar musicals including ‘Na Pan San’, ‘Shwe Bo Thanakha’ and ‘Mahn Taung Yeikho’.
Ko Chit Oo, a Sanchaung Tsp resident, said, “It’s not everyday you get to see a musical ensemble. There was a uniqueness to it from combining western music with Myanmar melodies. I believe it will strengthen bilateral relations and bring international attention to Myanmar’s music.”
This year’s music festival is held to commemorate the opening of the new the Japan Foundation office in Nat Mauk Lane 1, Bahan Township on 24 January, and the Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2019.—Zaw Gyi (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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