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Quake-hit concert hall is ready to reopen – first pics

This was Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Tokyo after the great earthquake of March 11, 2011.

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The hall is home to the Toyko Symphony Orchestra. It has been restored for reopening on April 1, 2013, with a performance of Bruckner’s ninth symphony, conducted by Hubert Soudant. First pictures have been released of the orchestra’s acoustic test. Looking good.

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  1. Very impressive. Now to worry about the leaking contaminant.

  2. Alec Weil says:

    This was quite a scandal with the blame not quite resolved as far as I know.. The hall is less than 10 years old, and the earthquake in Kawasaki (the hall is close to, but not quite in Tokyo) was actually not all that strong.

  3. Michael McManus says:

    The top brass from the hall came to see Mariss Jansons when I was with him in Tokyo at the end of November, to bring him up to date. They are lining up all the top European orchestras for later this year and he was thrilled to be going back – it’s one of his very favourite halls apparently. When the earthquake struck, fortunately, the only person in the hall was someone practising the organ (who escaped unscathed).

  4. It’s really fantastic news. That hall was decimated, and its resurrection is a great sign of the will of the music community in Tokyo, as well as the TSO, to help restore life back to normal in that great city. I’m sure they’ll be happy to finally be “home.”

  5. Nice new hall, good luck to everyone involved in it. It would be interesting to know what strength of earthquake the old one was built to withstand and whether that criteria has now been exceeded with the new building.

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