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Suntory Hall prepared for Cleveland Orchestra
Special oak, champagne bubbles, German influence all go into jewel in Tokyo
by WKSU's VIVIAN GOODMAN


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Mitsuko Uchida rehearses the Cleveland Orchestra for a performance of Mozart concertos at Suntory Hall.
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The Cleveland Orchestra performed to a sold-out audience last night at Tokyo's Suntory Hall. Mitsuko Uchida conducted Mozart from the keyboard and it was an artistic as well as a business triumph for one of the world's most celebrated acoustic spaces, Suntory Hall. Japanese audiences show their appreciation by clapping their hands over their head, the equivalent of a standing ovation, and all hands were raised after Uchida took hers off the keyboard. 

 
WKSU's Vivian Goodman is in Tokyo. While the orchestra rehearsed for the concert, she took a tour of Suntory Hall with its senior manager for artistic programming, Junichi Isogai:
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Stagehands Thomas Holden and Gil Gerity backstage at Tokyo's Suntory Hall.
Posters advertise the Cleveland Orchestra at Suntory Hall.
NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation interviews Cleveland Orchestra bass trombonist Thomas Klaber.
Backstage at Suntory Hall, artists check their umbrellas.
Orchestra trombonist Richard Stout warms up in the lobby of Suntory Hall.
Suntory Hall is private and named for the company that makes wine, beer, other alcohol and soda products in Japan.
 
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