Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Evansville Greets Tochigi City Delegation

The City of Evansville and Tochigi City, Japan, are marking the 10th anniversary of their Sister City relationship with a series of events. Nearly 60 residents of Tochigi City will arrive in Evansville on Saturday (19 September). Among the delegation is Mayor Yoshiyuki Higano of Tochigi City, who will be visiting Evansville for the first time, along with the Chairman of the Tochigi City Council and other dignitaries.

In addition, four dozen members of the Tochigi City Wind Orchestra will perform two concerts. The first begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (20 September) in Neu Chapel at the University of Evansville; admission is free. The second is the TCWO’s performance of “The Orient Express” at the Victory Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Monday (21 September). A large screen behind the orchestra will provide visuals as the music follows the journey of the Orient Express from Istanbul to London. (The TCWO has performed this concert in China as well as in Japan.) For ticket information, go online or call 812: 425-5050.

The relationship between Evansville and Tochigi City began in November 1998, when a delegation from Tochigi City visited Evansville. In April 1999, Mayor Frank McDonald led a delegation to Tochigi City, which was followed by a return visit from Tochigi City in July 1999, led by Mayor Suzuki. It was during this visit that the ‘Sister City Agreement’ was signed by both Mayors. Mayor Weinzapfel first visited Tochigi City in 2005 and then again in 2007.


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