From Japan Festival 2000 included performances in Fukushima,
Japan, Washington, DC and New York City.
The Works of Hikaru Hayashi
On February 12, Music From Japan held an evening of events in New York at Merkin Concert Hall starting with a lecture on the music & life of Hikaru Hayashi, which featured Mr. Hayashi with Sharon Ann Nakazato as interpreter.
This was followed by a concert spotlighting the works of Hikaru Hayashi.
Tokyo String Quartet gave a world premiere of a Music From Japan commission
with funds provided by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. A monumental
choral work which starkly and movingly chronicled the aftermath of the atomic
bombing of Hiroshima, Little Landscapes of Hiroshima for Mixed Chorus (1967/68)
with text by Tamiki Hara, was performed by The Vox Vocal Ensemble (George
Steel, director). The composer gave a cameo performance in his Sonata for
Flute and Piano (1958/71), yet another Music From Japan commission to see
its world premiere that evening.