Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra Holds Relief Concert in Hyogo Prefecture; Soka Gloria Brass Band Hosts "Family Concert 2005" in Tokyo
On April 23, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra held a relief concert at the Toyooka City Hall in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, which was ravaged by a strong typhoon in October 2004. The orchestra, led by Maestro Fujio Isogai, performed Johann Strauss II's Voices of Spring and Japanese folk songs. The original orchestra debuted on January 16, 1995, one day prior to the devastating Hanshin Earthquake that hit the Osaka and Hyogo areas. The current orchestra consists of professional and semi-professional musicians, both SGI members and non-members alike. The orchestra has given numerous goodwill concerts to provide encouragement and support to people of the disaster-stricken areas.
On the same day, the Soka Gloria Brass Band hosted a free "Family Concert 2005" at the Setagaya Civic Hall in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. The program included selected songs from the musical, "Phantom of the Opera," a medley of children's songs, and a medley of Soka Gakkai songs.