On 20 September members of the Sapporo Musicians Association visited the Kodály Institute. In the evening they gave a concert joined by some students of the Liszt Academy, Budapest, to commemorate the good relations between the two institutions. The programme aimed to introduce contemporary Japanese music to the audience, but the performers also paid homage to Kodály and Bartók by performing one of their works.
The Sapporo Musicians Association is the largest such network in Hokkaido prefecture, consisting of musicians of all fields, from instrumentalists to composers. Founded in the late 1950s the organisation has established an artistic climate where professionals and citizens alike can enjoy the splendour of music.