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Prof. Reinhard Öhlberger
Five members of the Vienna Philharmonic dedicated themselves to the "Music Aid Fund", a project initiated by our Japanese sponsor, between March 20 & 23, 2015. This project consists of providing special musical support for the Tohoku region, which is located on the northern half of the main Japanese island of Honshu, and was strongly affected by the atomic reactor incident at Fukushima.
Daniel Froschauer (violin), Mario Karwan (viola), Michael Bladerer (contrabass), Alexander Öhlberger (oboe) and Michael Werba (bassoon) maintained a very tight schedule consisting of tutorial work, rehearsals and performances with musicians of the Kyoto Chamber Orchestra and a youth orchestra as well as with school choirs from the city of Koriyama. Following these preparations, a concert was held at the Koriyama Shimin Bunka Center on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
This event began with the waltz, Voices of Spring, op. 410, by Johann Strauss Jr., followed by "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", KV 525, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms' "Hungarian Dance" No. 5 in G minor. The Divertimento in B-flat major, MH 199, for violin, viola, contrabass, oboe and clarinet by Michael Haydn called for exactly the Vienna Philharmonic ensemble present for this occasion and was performed in the above-named formation. Following the intermission, they performed, along with the local musicians, the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Shuntaro Sato conducted the Koriyama Junior High Orchestra in this performance. Afterward an hour for autographs by the visitors from Vienna was obligatory, being a practice which here is an important aspect of good manners.