Rossini revival lands in Japan

Nov 7, 2008

Rossini revival lands in Japan

The international “Rossini Opera Festival,” which has been held annually in August in Pesaro, Italy, will grace these shores for the first time this month. Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), one of Italy’s greatest composers, penned an astonishing 39 operas in his lifetime. However, many of ...

Nissay Theatre celebrates 45 years

Oct 24, 2008

Nissay Theatre celebrates 45 years

Nissay Theatre in Yurakucho, Tokyo, will present Leos Janacek’s opera “The Makropulos Case” on Nov. 20, 22 and 24 to mark the venue’s 45th anniversary. “Why Makropulos? Because the story is dramatic though scarcely known,” says Yasuo Niwa, the chief producer of the theater’s ...

Ritenour, Grusin jazz Sumida

Sep 26, 2008

Ritenour, Grusin jazz Sumida

Two leading American figures in jazz fusion will give a Tokyo performance in collaboration with one of Japan’s foremost orchestras on Oct. 2 at the Sumida Triphony Hall in Sumida Ward. Guitarist Lee Ritenour (b. 1952) has been active as an instrumental pop musician, ...

Sendai festival offers classical music for all

Sep 19, 2008

Sendai festival offers classical music for all

Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture will be transformed into a musical amusement park for three days from Oct. 11 during the third staging of the Sendai Classical Music Festival. The festival is commonly known by the abbreviation Sen-Cla (pronounced sen-ku-ra). The “Sen” part refers ...

Karuizawa to host summer arts festival

Aug 8, 2008

Karuizawa to host summer arts festival

Located at the foot of Mount Asama in Nagano Prefecture, Karuizawa — which is one of Japan’s most popular inland resorts — will be the setting from Aug. 16 to 22 of the Karuizawa Arts Festival 2008. Inaugurated last summer, the festival brings together ...

Aug 1, 2008

Birthday best for Suntory Gala

Tickets are now on sale for a very special concert to be staged Oct. 4 at Suntory Hall in Minato Ward, Tokyo. Marking the anniversary of the hall’s opening on Oct. 12, 1986, Suntory Hall Gala Concerts — one of the venue’s most popular ...

Suntory Hall hosts concert for children

Jul 18, 2008

Suntory Hall hosts concert for children

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert for children on July 26 at Suntory Hall in Minato Ward, Tokyo, that focuses on contemporary Japanese composers. “It’s rare to present an all-Japanese composers’ program at a concert for children,” says conductor Naoto Otomo, who has ...