Henri Barda Piano Recital

Dec 12, 2008

Henri Barda Piano Recital

The veteran French pianist Henri Barda will hold a recital in Tokyo next week for the first time in six years. Born in 1941 and raised in Cairo, Barda’s prodigious talent was recognized when he was 6 years old by the Polish-immigrant pianist Ignace ...

Orchestra brings best of Venezuela's youth

Dec 5, 2008

Orchestra brings best of Venezuela's youth

The miraculous Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela will delight Japanese audiences during their first performances in this country, from Dec. 17 to 19. The SBYO, based in Caracas and conducted by young Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel, is well known for its highly advanced ...

One wicked tale from the other Japanese puppets

Dec 4, 2008

One wicked tale from the other Japanese puppets

Founded in 1635 by Youki Magosaburo I, Youkiza is the oldest marionette theater in Tokyo and the only remaining troupe among the five theaters from the Edo Period (1603-1867) — three kabuki and two marionette — that were officially recognized and financially supported by ...

A Flowering Tree

Nov 21, 2008

A Flowering Tree

American opera director Peter Sellars will stage the Japanese premiere of “A Flowering Tree” in Tokyo on Dec. 6. Although many people think of opera as old-fashioned, it has evolved with the times. With composers and directors pouring blood, sweat and tears into finding ...

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 ...