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Orchestra performs Beethoven to conclude Tokyo residency
With Japan's love of Beethoven, program is enthusastically received

Vivian Goodman
Amid the bustle of the world’s largest metropolitan economy are bamboo gardens and quiet shrines. In a five-star hotel in downtown Tokyo, you can step into the ancient rituals of a tea ceremony.
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You wouldn’t know it today with Starbucks and 7-Eleven’s all over downtown Tokyo, but Japan was once isolated from the western world. The Japanese weren’t exposed to classical western music until the second half of the 19th century, but they liked what they heard, especially Beethoven.

To conclude its residency at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra performs nothing but Beethoven. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports it follows a Japanese-flavored program that was enthusiastically received.

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One of Tokyo's tea ceremonies is conducted of the seventh-floor of a five-star hotel.
Tea ceremonies begin with washing your hands to clean your heart.
Ushers at Tokyo's Suntory Hall pass out inch-thick stacks of brochures for upcoming concerts to all who walk in.
Toru Takemitsu's daughter came backstage after last night's concert to congratulate Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson. Maki Takemitsu is coordinating a concert in December at Carnegie Hall featuring her late father's film scores, including his work with director Akira Kurosawa.
Suntory Hall seats about 2,000. There were a few empty seats last night.
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