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22.05.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Missa Johnouchi supports UNESCO’s activities in the field of World Heritage

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On Friday 18 May, the Japanese conductor and UNESCO Artist for Peace Missa Johnouchi performed at UNESCO Headquarters in the framework of her "Torch-Run World Heritage Concert". Her concert closed the Ceremony in celebration of the birthday of Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO from 1999 to 2009.

During this concert entitled “World Heritage Tribute - A Journey of the Soul through the Silk Road", Missa Johnouchi played her own works inspired by the Silk Road, while leading musicians of the French National Orchestra and musicians of the Torch-Run Orchestra.

Ms Johnouchi was also on stage with renowned soloists: the French violinist Marie-Hélène Clausse, the Japanese Koto player Nobuko Baba, the Chinese Pipa player Shao Rong and the Nepali Sitar player Sawan Joshi. Their solos invited the public to discover or rediscover these traditional instruments of Japanese, Chinese and Hindustani music.

The Orchestra and the soloists played several commemorative compositions such as "Sakura Kaoru", a work celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Tunisian-Japanese diplomatic relations.

The Toho Middle and High School Choir joined the Orchestra on stage to play a music piece dedicated to the UNESCO Natural World Heritage entitled "Ondines" and the official song of UNESCO "Peace of Mind", conveying a message of peace and intercultural dialogue.

Missa Johnouchi was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace in August 2006, in recognition of her role in promoting, preserving and safeguarding cultural, material and immaterial heritage.

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