Fukui, one and a half hours by train from Osaka, is known for its “sakki”, distilled rice wine. In fact the concert hall stands amid fields of rice irrigated with streams from the nearby mountains.

On Sunday, it was also known for its visit by Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. The concert hall resounded with Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony and Stravinsky’s Petrushka; and what a concert hall!

Concert Hall in Fukui

It’s one of the finest halls that the orchestra has seen for years.  The stage is completely hydraulic and the wonderful acoustics were designed by Yoshiya Toyota, who is working on the Mann Auditorium renovation!

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