The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) has scheduled a series of performances in various locations throughout Vietnam. On September 6, the JPO will perform at the Tran Dai Nghia secondary school in Da Nang for the start of the new academy year, followed by a performance at the Da Nang Oncology Hospital for cancer patients. The following day, on September 7, the group will play a free show at the Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theatre in Hue.

In Hoi An, the JPO will have a two-day performance starting on September 8. The first day’s performance will be held at the main hall of Central Park, and on the morning of September 9, the JPO will offer a performance at U Cafe, a popular meeting place for Japanese expats.

Prior to these performances, the JPO will also be playing at the Da Nang Hilton Opera on the night of September 5. The JPO, established in 1956, is considered one of the leading orchestras in Japan and is known for their community-based approaches and creative programs with children and hospital patients.

In 2018, the JPO’s string quartet visited Da Nang and Hoi An for concerts, including performances for patients at the Da Nang Oncology Hospital and a children’s creative program at U Cafe. This year’s event has been made possible through the efforts of individuals such as Honna Tetsuji, Principal Conductor of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra; Ando Saeko, a lacquer painting artist; and Nakatani Akari, a Youtuber and Actress in ‘Em va Trinh’.

This will be the second time this year that Japanese conductor Tetsuji Honna will join a performance in Da Nang, as he previously led the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra in the VNSO Holiday Concert 2023 on August 10. The concert is part of a series of activities organized by the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam.