Tokyo Philharmonic highlights Japanese composers in New York

The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra held an emotional concert at Lincoln Center in New York last night (Tuesday).

It was the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in northeastern Japan.

The concert is part of the Tokyo Philharmonic’s first world tour. Organizers want to introduce audiences to the works of Japanese composers, as the orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Part of the performance involved Japanese drums – known as taiko – that are used during traditional festivals.

A group of university students from Fukushima prefecture also performed during a reception in support of reconstruction in northeastern Japan.

The Tokyo Philharmonic’s world tour will take the orchestra to Madrid, Paris, London, Singapore and Bangkok.