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 ...

Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival

| Jun 19, 2008

Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival

Following his appearance in 2004, Italian talent Fabio Luisi returns to the Pacific Music Festival this year as principal conductor. Luisi’s dynamic baton and the PMF Orchestra will cap the festival’s finale with a colorful and narrative program, featuring Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem “Don ...

Classical connections to the soul

May 23, 2008

Classical connections to the soul

Although Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi was classically trained at Milan’s Conservatorio, the 52-year-old Turin native has ventured far from his classical roots to create works that draw on an eclectic blend of influences. Einaudi, who recently made his debut in Japan with ...

Step back in time at Ba-rock Music Festival

May 23, 2008

Step back in time at Ba-rock Music Festival

Tokyo’s Mejiro district will take a curious musical sidestep in time from May 30 to June 15 during the fourth staging of the Mejiro Ba-rock Music Festival. “Ba-rock” is a coinage derived from baroque, a style of European music that flourished in the 17th ...

La Folle Journee au Japon 2008

Apr 25, 2008

La Folle Journee au Japon 2008

Musical zing is coming to Tokyo International Forum and the city’s Marunouchi district next week when the La Folle Journee (Days of Enthusiasm) festival presents its fourth annual classical-music spectacular, here titled La Folle Journee au Japon. LFJ originated in Nantes in northwest France ...