Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra concert to be held in December

Tow Japanese professionals and members of Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Tow Japanese professionals and members of Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 20 Nov — To mark the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Japan, a concert by the Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra will be held on 2 December at the National Theater on Myomakyaung Street here, sources said.
The performance is free and open to the public and it will be broadcast live only through MRTV-4 channel, U Toe Kyaw, director of the Music Branch of Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV), said at a press conference on Thursday.
He went on to say that the aims of the show are to promote friendly relations between Myanmar Japan and to reignite interest in classic songs of Myanmar, which are not popular especially among young people.
More than 50 Myanmar musicians led by Japanese conductor and composer Mr Yamamoto Yunosuke and pianist Mrs. Kyoko Koyama are scheduled to perform 12 songs including well-known classic songs of Myanmar, pop and classical remixed songs and international theme songs. They have practiced at least four times to prepare for the concert since March.
Win Min Phyo Ko, a staff officer of the symphony orchestra, commented on concert preparation and performance techniques, expecting the concert may attract enthusiasts.
U Toe Kyaw said the symphony orchestra is planning to perform a concert to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Myoma Music Band in January next year, adding that plans are underway to conduct at least two or three local concerts and a series of TV programmes each year starting from 2015 with the aim of bringing Myanmar classical music back to life.
The Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra, which currently consists of more than 60 musicians, was established in 2002. Some of them have received scholarship opportunities provided by foreign countries including China and Japan. GNLM

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