Saudi Arabia’s first Japanese orchestra concert wows Riyadh audience

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Japanese orchestra members perform at a concert in Riyadh Thursday. (AN photo by Bashir Saleh)
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Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi opens the first Japanese full orchestra concert in Saudi Arabia
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Updated 15 April 2017
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Saudi Arabia’s first Japanese orchestra concert wows Riyadh audience

RIYADH: Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi opened the first Japanese full orchestra concert in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night here at King Fahad Cultural Center.
The concert was organized as part of a Saudi-Japan music exchange program, under the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information and the Embassy of Japan.

Japanese Ambassador Norihiro Okuda also attended the event. As a crowd representing all segments of Saudi society, especially the youth, turned up for the mega cultural event, the main attraction was a concert conducted by Hirofumi Yoshida.
Yoshida led a group of 80 members. Soloist Fumiyuki Kato and violinist Yumiko Hamasaki joined him, producing soothing music that delighted the audience.

(Arab News Photos by Iqbal Hossain and Bashir Saleh)


Players arrive safely in Rostov after minor technical fault with plane: Saudi football federation

Updated 19 June 2018
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Players arrive safely in Rostov after minor technical fault with plane: Saudi football federation

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said everyone is safe after a minor technical fault with the plane carrying the team to Rostov, in Russia. 

A video, which appeared on Social media, showed a fire on one of the aircraft’s engines.

In a Twitter post, the federation confirmed the team had landed safely in Rostov, where they will play Group A favorites Uruguay in the World Cup on Wednesday.