Mexico and Japan make beautiful music together

May 1, 2009

Mexico and Japan make beautiful music together

I n September 1609, when a Mexican sailboat ran ashore in a typhoon near the village of Onjuku in today’s Chiba Prefecture, local fishermen and ama (female divers) rescued 317 souls from the angry ocean. That was Japan’s first contact with Mexican people. “I ...

Apr 24, 2009

World-renowned Dresden orchestra to perform in Kanto

Among the classical-music highlights of this spring will be performances by the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra, returning to Japan for the first time since 2007. Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden, which celebrated its 460th anniversary in 2008, is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Based ...

World-renowned Dresden orchestra to perform in Kanto

Apr 24, 2009

World-renowned Dresden orchestra to perform in Kanto

Among the classical-music highlights of this spring will be performances by the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra, returning to Japan for the first time since 2007. Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden, which celebrated its 460th anniversary in 2008, is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Based ...

Bach leads Tokyo classical festival

Apr 10, 2009

Bach leads Tokyo classical festival

“I told myself to combine the study of commerce and my passion for music,” says French producer Rene Martin, who has built on those foundations to pursue his vision of democratizing classical music through the annual spectacular he’s named La Folle Journee (Days of ...

Apr 10, 2009

Age knows no boundaries for flutist

He celebrated his 80th birthday in January, but Swiss flutist Peter- Lukas Graf — who is still active as a performer, conductor and teacher — is touring Japan. “There is a proverb by an ancient Greek philosopher that says: ‘Don’t be excessive.’ Basically, I ...

Apr 10, 2009

Age knows no boundaries for flutist

He celebrated his 80th birthday in January, but Swiss flutist Peter- Lukas Graf — who is still active as a performer, conductor and teacher — is touring Japan. “There is a proverb by an ancient Greek philosopher that says: ‘Don’t be excessive.’ Basically, I ...

Tokyo prepares for feast of Kissin

Apr 3, 2009

Tokyo prepares for feast of Kissin

Classical music fans will be delighted to attend the first performances in Japan by the former child prodigy Evgeny Kissin since 2006, as the Russian pianist continues his steady rise toward virtuoso status. Moscow native Kissin (b. 1971) began to tinker with the piano ...

New National Theatre commences epic 'Ring' cycle

Mar 27, 2009

New National Theatre commences epic 'Ring' cycle

Coinciding with Tom Cruise’s latest film, the New National Theatre Tokyo will next month perform the opera “Die Walkure” (“The Valkyrie”), part of “Der Ring des Niebelungen” (“The Ring of the Niebelung”), which is a cycle of four linked operas composed by 19th-century German ...

Suntory Hall in 'ruins' for Mozart production

Mar 6, 2009

Suntory Hall in 'ruins' for Mozart production

Showing me a sketch of the set of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni,” executive producer Keiko Manabe, who has led Suntory Hall’s opera projects since 1989, explains the new production’s concept. “Suntory Hall looks as if it is in ruins. Isn’t it interesting?” declares Manabe, ...

Dancing to the rhythm of destruction

Mar 6, 2009

Dancing to the rhythm of destruction

Listening to echoes of the dead through sound art and experimental dance, the audience at a poignant artistic event on March 10 will experience for themselves something of the infamous Tokyo Fire Bombing of World War II when — at 00:08 on March 10, ...