A concert was held by the Tunisian Ambassador to support young Japanese musicians at the Tunisian Ambassador’s Residence.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several concerts have been canceled and the activities of musicians have been subject to restrictions as well. The concert was organized by H. E. Mr. Mohamed Elloumi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia to Japan, and Mrs. Houda Kllel Elloumi, to provide an opportunity for young and talented musicians to play and share the enjoyment of music with various people while the pandemic slightly subsides.
The young and talented performers, Eri Kuribayashi (violin) and Nanako Otsuka (piano), who are students of the graduate school of Tokyo University of the Arts, performed a number of famous and small but brilliant pieces. The most talked-about piece was the famous Tunisian song “Under the Jasmine Tree at Night.” It was arranged for violin and piano for this concert at the request of Mrs. Elloumi. Everyone was fascinated by this beautiful melody.
Tunisia has a longstanding friendly relationship with Japan. The land is blessed with beautiful nature, awe-inspiring cities decorated with mosaic tiles, and delicious cuisine. The movie “Star Wars” was filmed in Tunisia, and the country is a world-famous tourism nation. It is also at the forefront of the remarkable development of African countries, and has been selected as the host country for the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) in 2022.
Not surprisingly, embassies in Japan are conducting charity and cultural activities. The Tunisian embassy is one of the embassies dedicated to people exchange, artistic support and cultural cooperation activities. Ambassador Elloumi and his spouse have provided many heart-warming opportunities to convey the charm of Tunisia to the Japanese people, such as delivering lectures at elementary schools and junior high schools in Yokohama City, in addition to supporting young musicians like they did this time. Both are also positively and actively supporting people in need in Japan.
We hope that the Ambassador and his spouse will continue to serve Tunisia and Japan.
Performance: Eri Kuribayashi, violin and Nanako Otsuka, piano
Elgar: Salut d’Amour
Tunisian music: Under the Jasmine Tree
Kreisler: Viennese Small March
Brahms: From F.A.E.Sonata Third movement Scherzo
For more information on Tunisia in Japan: Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia in Tokyo
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