JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: Beethoven 9th Symphony Special Concert

JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: Beethoven 9th Symphony Special Concert


Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 has established as a year-end tradition in Japan. Of course, it will be held at the end of 2019. Because it is very popular, secure tickets as soon as possible.

  • The message of the “Ninth” created by Beethoven through all of his ideals and beliefs continues to spread around the world even today, beyond time and borders. The call “Brüder!” touches the hearts of its listeners as a universal call to people living on the earth. Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, one of the most popular maestros in Japan, has a strong popularity for his performances that embodies Beethoven's passion and humanity. It will be a stage that gives the audience the excitement of “Joy” suitable for the year-end.

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    ■JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Beethoven 9th Symphony Special Concert

    19:00, Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
    19:00, Thursday, December 26th, 2019 at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

    Conductor: KOBAYASHI Ken-ichiro, Honorary Conductor Laureate

    Nicolaus BRUHNS: Präludium, organ
    Dietrich BUXTEHUDE: In dulci jubilo Bux WV197, organ
    Johann Sebastian BACH: Toccata and Fugue in d-minor, BWV565, organ
    Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 in d-minor, op.125 “Choral”

    S\9,000(Sold out)/A\7,500/B\7,000/C\6,000(Sold out)

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  • ■KOBAYASHI Ken-ichiro, Honorary Conductor Laureate 

    Ken-ichiro KOBAYASHI studied composition and conducting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1974, he received both the first prize and the special award at the first International Conductor’s Competition of Hungarian Television in Budapest. Presently KOBAYASHI holds positions at the Arnhem Phil. (Permanent Conductor), the Hungarian National Phil. (Conductor Laureate), the Nagoya Phil. (Conductor Laureate), MATAV Hungarian Symphony Orchestra (Principal Guest Conductor), and the Kyushu Symphony (Principal Guest Conductor). He is also a professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and a guest professor at the Tokyo College of Music.

    KOBAYASHI received the Liszt Memorial Decoration, the Hungarian Order of Culture and the “Middle Cross with the Star” decoration from the Hungarian government. KOBAYASHI has released numerous recordings from Canyon Classics and Octavia Records. KOBAYASHI received a commission to compose a work in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Holland and Japan in 2000. Its first performance in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Phil. in the fall of 1999 to a sell-out audience received a standing ovation. In May 2002, he conducted the very successful opening concert of the Prague Spring Festival. He conducted the complete “Ma Vlast” (My Homeland).

    <Japan Philharmonic Orchestra>
    Japan Philharmonic Orchestra's history began in Tokyo in June 1956. Akeo WATANABE played an important role in founding the orchestra and became its first Principal Conductor. With a wide repertoire and its unique performing style, JPO has soon become one of the leading orchestras in Japan. Igor MARKEVITCH, Charles MUNCH, Jean FOURNET and many other world-class conductors have conducted the Orchestra. JPO had a very successful USA-Canada tour in 1964, making a dramatic breakthrough in just ten years from its founding. JPO also made an appearance to the renowned Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2011 with Alexander LAZAREV, one of Russia’s great maestros who led JPO as Chief Conductor for 8 years from 2008 through 2016, making a significant first step to develop good relationships with Asian countries. In recent years, JPO has received a number of great reviews for its high quality performances.
    From its founding, JPO started a commission series “Japan Phil Series” with wide variety of Japanese composers. Forty works have been premiered as of 2016, some of them now being regarded as regularly-performed repertoire, and the series has been highly rated as a commission system that is unprecedented in Japan’s music history. JPO is now aiming for further development while preserving its 60 years of history and tradition.


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