News Release:Sapporo Symphony Orchestra Joins Pioneer to Hold "Listen Through the Body Concert" for Hearing-Impaired People

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November 10, 2004
Pioneer Corporation

Sapporo Symphony Orchestra Joins Pioneer to Hold
"Listen Through the Body Concert" for Hearing-Impaired People

November 10, 2004, Tokyo, Japan - Pioneer Corporation announced today that Pioneer and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will jointly hold the special "Listen Through the Body Concert" on November 14, 2004, at Sapporo in Hokkaido - the northern island of Japan, offering the opportunity for hearing-impaired people to enjoy music with the aid of a special acoustic system*.

Aiming at realizing the company's Group Philosophy of "Move the Heart and Touch the Soul," Pioneer has held the "Listen Through the Body Concert" continuously since 1992, mainly in Tokyo and its surrounding area. The 130th regular concert will be held in December, 2004, at Meguro, Tokyo.

This time, with the cooperation of SSO, which is very enthusiastic about cultural support activities in the community, Pioneer holds the concert in Sapporo, Hokkaido, for the first time. Approximately one hundred and fifty of hearing-impaired persons and their families, who do not usually have the opportunity to go to concerts, have been invited to attend.

It is Pioneer's hope that this concert will provide as many people as possible with an opportunity to come into contact with and enjoy live music. Pioneer will continue to hold the concert so that even more people can enjoy the experience.

* It's a kind of vibrating cushion to be placed on a chair. Hearing-impaired people can physically feel the music through vibration by using this system.

The special "Listen Through the Body Concert" by the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra will be held as follows:

Date and time:  Sunday, November 14, 2004; concert begins at 14:00.
Venue: Sapporo Artpark (Art Hall)
Conductor: Kazuyoshi Tanaka
Navigator: Michiaki Shirata
Program: (On the theme of music used in films)
John Williams: From the "Harry Potter" series
Leigh Harline: "When You Wish Upon a Star" (from Pinocchio, 1940)
Johann Strauss II: Prelude of "The Bat" (from Gaslight, 1944)
Johann Strauss I: "The Radetzky March"

This concert, sponsored by Pioneer and SSO, is also made possible by the support of the Hokkaido Block of Japan Association of Employers of the Severely Disabled (JAESD), the Sapporo City "Te o Tsunagu Ikuseikai", the Hokkaido Deaf Project (NPO), the "Con-sent" Planning, and "Pirikky"- the SSO's volunteer group.

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