Matsumoto’s Saito Kinen Festival: Saito Kinen Orchestra

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I went to Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture for the Saito Kinen Orchestra concert on a gorgeous train ride along Chuo Line with endless trees and mountains.  The concert hall was buzzing with people with expectation of the exciting evening.  During the time of the Saito Kinen Festival, the city of Matsumoto gets unusual number of visitors and activities every year so every road is crowded and there is a LONG line for taxi!

This is the third year in a row that I come to the concert, but the first to attend the evening concert. The audience of Saito Kinen reminds me of the audience I see at Carnegie Hall and/or Lincoln Center in NYC. They are hard-core group, though they do NOT act like one.

The program included Overture-Fantasy “Romeo and Juliet” by Tchaikovsky, Bartok Piano concert No. 3 played by Peter Serkin, and Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky conducted by Diego Matheuz.

When I heard the first piece, I was overwhelmed!  The music was so beautiful that you feel that you are given a new life.  Music connects people beyond borders of any kind, as you need no words, no translation and just hits you with its beauty.

The audience was enthusiastic throughout and after the concert.  The conductor, Diego Matheuz, was fantastic and so was Peter Serkin. A huge thumbs up!

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