The Story of PONY and Hand in Hand

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The Musicians of the New York City Opera were a driving force in the entire opera company’s first visit to Japan for the 2005 WORLD EXPO in Aichi, Japan. After Japan suffered the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Maestro Yamada began a collaboration with the Musicians of the New York City Opera Orchestra and Japanese citizens of affected areas.

Every year since 2011, a joint performance has been held at Lincoln Center with the Musicians and a 200-member chorus sponsored by Project Hand in Hand, including students from Japanese high schools and American universities.

Project Hand in Hand aims to use performance to support disaster relief, cultural exchange, and education.
The performances have raised awareness about the continued struggles for Japanese citizens affected by the disasters, as well as hope that they will rise above these tragedies.

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