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Pianist Panos Karan Live in Tokyo, Available for 24 Hours on August 19

TOKYO – Greek-born pianist Panos Karan performs live in Tokyo, Thursday, August 19, in a piano recital available online for 24 hours only beginning at 7 PM Tokyo/ 11 AM London / 6 AM New York time.

Karan invites everyone to join him on Asia’s greatest stage at the Tokyo Suntory Hall. He said via email: “As you probably already know, following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in Fukushima, I founded the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta (FYS), and in aid of this orchestra, I will soon be performing a piano recital at the Main Hall of Tokyo Suntory Hall. Entitled ‘Encores’ and presented by international charity Keys of Change, this recital is aiming to raise funds and awareness of the orchestra’s activities in Fukushima.”

Karan continued: “The fate of this concert has long been uncertain, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally planned as an orchestral concert for the FYS, and later re-planned as a solo recital, it can finally go ahead, as I was fortunate to be granted entry to Japan. However, many restrictions remain in place in Tokyo, and access to this concert for a live audience will be limited. I therefore ask you, my friends around the world, to support me and join me for this unique recital in Japan's capital, taking place less than a week after the end of the Olympics, in one of the greatest music venues in the world.”

The recital will be made available exclusively through every.org for 24 hours only starting August 19 at 7 PM Tokyo time/ 11 AM London / 6 AM New York. It should be noted that the piano recital will take place in Tokyo two days prior.

Register online now to support Keys of Change: https://www.every.org/keysofchange/event/live_in_tokyo.

The program for the event:

Rachmaninov: Preludes Op. 23 No. 2 and Op. 32 No. 12

Scriabin: Étude in D sharp minor, Op. 8 No. 12

Tchaikovsky/Pletnev: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Andante Maestoso

Chopin: Études Op. 10 Nos. 11 and 12

Liszt: La Campanella

Rimsky-Korsakov/Cziffra: The Flight of the Bumblebee

Schumann/Liszt: Widmung

Hadjidakis Grande Sousta

Fazil Say: Black Earth

Panos Karan: Tōryanse (Japanese traditional)

Arturo Marquez: Danzón No. 2 (arr. Karan)

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

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