31 May 2018
The Australian Chamber Orchestra mesmerises Japanese audiences
Japanese audiences were left with a memorable impression of Australia’s diverse creativity with performances by the Australian Chamber of Orchestra (ACO) on 29 and 30 of May as part of Australia now. Over 1,000 people attended the concerts at Tokyo’s prestigious Yomiuri Otemachi Hall.
The Australian Embassy in cooperation with Yomiuri Otemachi Hall hosted an opening night reception to celebrate the occasion. Some 150 guests and Australia now sponsors gathered together to mark the ACO’s return to Japan.
Australian Ambassador to Japan Mr Richard Court AC told guests that “Australia is proud of our first-class innovation, industry and creativity”. He also underlined the many points in similarity between Australia and Japan, saying “Australia and Japan have much in common, not least our love of the arts and the fusing of creative ideas.”
ACO Managing Director Mr Richard Evans said the ACO was “delighted for this opportunity to reconnect with our Japanese fans, and re-ignite our relationship with Japan.” Actress and Australia now Goodwill Ambassador Kyoko Maya was also in attendance.
The ACO’s successful return to Japan is one of the highlights of eight-month Australia now celebration of contemporary Australia in Japan.