January 24, 1995 in Nation/World

Ozawa-Nhk Feud Is Over

Associated Press

For 32 years, the NHK Symphony, considered by many to be Japan’s best orchestra, and Seiji Ozawa, by far its most renowned conductor, played not a single note together.

The feud took place so long ago that Ozawa himself doesn’t recall all the details. What he remembers is the humiliation of showing up at a concert hall for a scheduled performance, baton in hand, to find no musicians and no audience.

On Monday night, Ozawa let bygones be bygones and led the NHK Symphony in a charity concert for disabled musicians in Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Tickets, at $170 apiece, had sold out in 25 minutes.

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