President Obama kicked off his trip on an informal note, joining Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a famous Tokyo sushi restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag. Obama and Abe greeted each other warmly outside Sukiyabashi Jiro, the underground sushi restaurant run by 88-year-old Jiro Ono.
Yoko Ono first performed ‘Cut Piece’ in 1964 in Japan. She repeated the performance at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1965. In September of 2003 she performed the piece for the last time in Paris. The piece consists of a solitary perfomer, Yoko Ono, sitting on stage with a pair of scissors at her…
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For B-Classic’s “Classical Comeback” series, South Korean pop and dance group Waveya performed some, ahem, contemporary moves to Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 9 Allegro con fuoco.” B-Classic spokesman Frank Peters, a Dutch classical pianist, has said he’s “not convinced that youth are uninterested in classical music. I think that it’s simply more difficult for them to discover.”