Quake-stricken orchestra plays on in style

Dec 8, 2011

Quake-stricken orchestra plays on in style

The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra faced a setback this year after Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall was severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, effectively leaving the musicians homeless. When Muza’s ceiling caved in, most of the acoustics-enhancing materials, lighting and air ...

Dvorak opera to make debut

Nov 18, 2011

Dvorak opera to make debut

Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s (1841-1904) symphonies, such as Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” are well known to Japanese audiences. However, his operatic works have not been performed that often in Japan. This month, the opera “Rusalka” will be staged at the New ...

Ludovit Kanta's 20th year in Japan Memorial Concert

Jun 23, 2011

Ludovit Kanta's 20th year in Japan Memorial Concert

Slovakian cellist Ludovit Kanta plans to celebrate his 20th anniversary in Japan with a special concert in his adopted hometown of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. Born in Bratislava, 53-year-old Kanta studied cello at Bratislava Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Then, after ...

Children's voices soothe Iwate survivors

Apr 22, 2011

Children's voices soothe Iwate survivors

As survivors from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sat in evacuation centers across Iwate Prefecture on March 19, support came from a surprising source. Amid the steady flow of information from the radio, a children’s choir began singing. The song they sang was ...

Nov 19, 2010

Japanese pianist touts the sounds of Spain

Japanese pianist Shizuka Shimoyama and Slovakian cellist Ludovit Kanta will bring the culture of Spain to Tokyo next week. Shimoyama says it is something that has been lacking. “Despite many impressive pieces, Spanish music has not been included in Japan’s music-education curriculum,” says Shimoyama, ...

Soprano Jaho insists the show will go on

Sep 17, 2010

Soprano Jaho insists the show will go on

When experiencing the drama of the opera, it’s rare that an audience gets to witness the drama of an individual performer. However, that was the case with Elmonera Jaho at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama on Sept. 12, the opening day of “La ...

Candide

Jul 30, 2010

Candide

The life of U.S. conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) is being feted in Japan with the performance of his masterpiece, “Candide,” under the baton of Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado, one of Berstein’s pupils, in collaboration with Canadian director Robert Carsen. “This satire was born from ...

SEIJI OZAWA: Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto

| Jul 2, 2010

SEIJI OZAWA: Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto

The Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto will be world- renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa’s first performance since January, following his diagnosis with esophageal cancer. Thanks to prompt treatment, the maestro is due to recover in time for the annual music event that he founded in 1992. ...