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Conductor Ozawa joins pianist Argerich in Oita music festival

2017.05.18 | Oita

Conductor Seiji Ozawa (L front) and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich (R front) receive flowers after a performance in the southwestern Japan city of Oita on May 17, 2017. Ozawa, 81, for the first time joined a music festival directed by Argerich. (Pool photo)(Kyodo)

Conductor Seiji Ozawa on Wednesday joined for the first time a music festival directed by Argentine pianist Martha Argerich in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Oita.

Ozawa, 81, conducted the Mito Chamber Orchestra, accompanied by Argerich on piano, in performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, at the 19th Music Festival Argerich's Meeting Point.

Wednesday's program in the city of Oita included Grieg's Holberg Suite and Gounod's Petite Symphonie, both performed by the orchestra for which Ozawa serves as the general director and occasional conductor.

The music festival has been held almost annually since 1998 with the aim of exposing children to high-quality music and creating a meeting point for musicians from Asia and elsewhere.

This year's festival began May 6 and runs through May 26 in the cities of Beppu and Oita.

==Kyodo

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