Special Exchange Program with Ms Martha Argerich and the Higashiyama Elementary School Orchestral Club     © Yu K.


     November 15, 2000 was a memorable day for students of the Higashiyama Elementary School, a public school in Meguro, Tokyo. That afternoon, students gathered in the gym to witness the joint concert by Martha Argerich and Violinist Ivry Gitlis.@It was a small concert but inspiring for boys and girls. The event was part of a project aimed at providing youngsters with opportunities to observe world-class artists so that they may elevate their sense of appreciation for good and beautiful things in life, such elements believed to eliminate youths'involvement in wrongdoings and even crime. The program was as follows;

@@1. Beethoven   Sonata for Piano and Violin No.4 in A major, Op.30-1  "Spring"  - 3rd movement "Scherzo"

@@2. D. Scarlatti   Sonata in D minor, K.141=L.422

    3. Beethoven   Sonata for Piano and Violin No.9 in A major, Op.47  "Kreutzer-Sonate"

    4. Kreisler   Liebesleid

@After the concert, Ms Argerich promised to return to the school after she found out that they indeed had a school orchestra. That promise became a reality the summer of 2002 and  the fall of 2003 when they performed the whole number.  



They signed the piano after the concert.@ Yu K.