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21. Mai 2015 · The Japan News

Haenchen’s music gives pause for reflecting on war

Putting his faith in the power of music, German conductor Hartmut Haenchen is hoping to make audiences reflect on “war and peace,” the theme of his three-year project.

“I try to reach people’s emotions through music. If people are moved to contemplation, then I’ve done my job,” said Haenchen, 72, in an interview.

Last year the globally renowned maestro launched “War and Peace,” a concert series comprising nearly 30 events across Europe and Japan.

He came up with the idea as a way to commemorate a slew of important dates beginning in 2014. Last year saw the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 25th anniversary of German reunification.
“I thought I should bring them all together for a huge project,” he said. ,,,

by Mikiko Miyakawa

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