A TWO-PART CITYWIDE FESTIVAL LED BY
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SEIJI OZAWA,
EXPLORING JAPAN’S ARTS AND CULTURE
Part I: December 2010
Part II: March–April 2011
Over 40 Events Throughout New York City at Carnegie Hall and Partner Venues
Celebrate Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Arts, Including
Music, Noh Theater, Dance, Taiko Drumming, Film, Manga, Art Exhibitions, and
Musical Highlights Include Seiji Ozawa Leading Rare Overseas Concerts by the
Saito Kinen Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku,
Plus Tributes to Composer Tōru Takemitsu
Featured Artists Include Mitsuko Uchida, Midori, Masaaki Suzuki and
Bach Collegium Japan, NHK Symphony Orchestra and André Previn,
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Martha Graham Dance Company, Kodo Drummers,
Kashu-juku Noh Theater, Yoshitomo Nara, Eiko and Koma, and Many More
Extending Beyond New York: Carnegie Hall Continues West Coast Partnership with
Philharmonic Society of Orange County for Second Consecutive Year with
JapanOC Festival Presented in Southern Californiaat Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa and Partner Venues
(July 7, 2010, NEW YORK, NY)—This December, Carnegie
Hall launches JapanNYC, an ambitious two-part citywide festival,
led by Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa, inviting audiences to explore the
incredible diversity of Japanese arts and culture with more than 40 performances
and events at Carnegie Hall and New York City partner venues in December 2010
and March–April 2011.JapanNYC explores the world of Japan today, where artists embrace their
country’s unique aesthetic sensibilities while continually revitalizing its
cultural landscape. Led by Seiji Ozawa, one of Japan’s greatest cultural
ambassadors, the festival explores a country that values its long-standing
cultural heritage while also embracing and transforming Western arts forms,
with a spirit that very much looks ahead.
The JapanNYC schedule will feature concerts by some of the Japan’s
finest classical music artists, including cornerstone festival performances by
two ensembles founded by Mr. Ozawa—the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Seiji
Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra)—in rare overseas
appearances. The line-up will also include noh theater, taiko drumming, dance,
art exhibitions, manga and calligraphy workshops, traditional gagaku
performances, and many more musical offerings, including concerts featuring Mitsuko
Uchida, Midori, Bach Collegium Japan with conductor Masaaki
Suzuki, the NHK Symphony Orchestra led by André Previn, Kodo
Drummers, jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, shamisen players Yutaka
Oyama and Masahiro Nitta, pianist Aimi Kobayashi, and more.
In addition to performances at Carnegie Hall, JapanNYC will extend
throughout New York City, thanks to partnerships with prestigious New York
cultural institutions, including Absolutely Live Entertainment and New
Audiences; Asia Society; Asian Contemporary Art Consortium; Baryshnikov Arts
Center; Columbia University; Danspace Project; Film Forum; Japan Society; The
Juilliard School; The New York Public Library; The Noguchi Museum; The Paley
Center for Media; Paul Szilard Productions and Martha Graham Center for
Contemporary Dance; and Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Free Carnegie
Hall Neighborhood Concerts at partner venues—Brooklyn Center for the Performing
Arts; Abrons Art Center at Henry Street Settlement; LaGuardia Performing Arts
Center; and Lehman Stages at Lehman College in the Bronx—will ensure that JapanNYC
is accessible to all.
Extending beyond New York and following the success of its bicoastal Ancient
Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture in fall 2009,
Carnegie Hall will continue its East Coast–West Coast partnership with the
Philharmonic Society of Orange County for a second consecutive year. Select
artists appearing in JapanNYC will also perform this season at Segerstrom
Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, as part of JapanOC,
a West Coast festival presented by the Philharmonic Society from October 2010
through April 2011, thanks to the generous support of South Coast Plaza. JapanOC
will feature a variety of arts events and musical performances representing the
vibrant expanse of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, made possible
through collaborations with prominent Southern California cultural
With programming kicking off later this year, the festivals on both US coasts
were planned to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first overseas trade
mission from Japan to the United States and the ratification of the Treaty of
Amity and Commerce in 1860, saluting this milestone and special friendship
between two great nations.JapanNYC Programming in New York City:For a complete chronological listing
of events, click here.JapanNYC launches in December 2010 with Maestro Seiji Ozawa
conducting three Carnegie Hall concerts by the Saito Kinen Orchestra,
the prestigious Japanese ensemble that Mr. Ozawa founded in 1984 to honor the
memory of his beloved teacher, the conductor and influential educator Hideo
Saito. The orchestra’s first Carnegie Hall performance, featuring pianist Mitsuko
Uchida as soloist, also offers the US premiere of a new work, Decathexis,
by one of Japan’s leading contemporary voices, composer Atsuhiko Gondai.
Tōru Takemitsu’s November Steps, scored for traditional Japanese
instruments and Western orchestra, will be heard on Saito Kinen’s second
program in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, alongside Berlioz’s Symphonie
fantastique. Maestro Ozawa concludes his New York visit with the orchestra
conducting Britten’s War Requiem, a work that has become a core part of
his repertoire and that has great personal meaning to him.
The festival will pay tribute to the late Tōru Takemitsu—considered by
many to be Japan’s greatest composer, and also a close colleague of Mr.
Ozawa—with December performances on three consecutive evenings as well as a film
series celebrating the composer’s movie scores. Complementing Saito Kinen’s
performance of Takemitsu’s November Steps at Carnegie Hall will be a
concert of traditional and innovative works presented by the Institute for
Medieval Japanese Studies at Columbia University and performed by eminent
masters of Japanese hogaku instruments, such as the biwa and shakuhachi,
which were frequently utilized by Takemitsu in his compositions. The next
night, a Zankel Hall performance curated by the composer’s daughter Maki
Takemitsu features improvisations on Takemitsu’s film music by such acclaimed
artists as guitarists Kazumi Watanabe and Daisuke Suzuki,
accordionist coba, and percussionist Tomohiro Yahiro. Rounding
out the tribute, earlier in December, Film Forum will present TAKEMITSU,
a 14-day festival of movies scored by the composer, including Masaki
Kobayashi’s Hara Kiri (1962), Hiroshi Teshighara’s Woman of the Dunes
(1964), and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran (1985).
Surrounding the December 2010 musical performances will be a variety of fall
exhibitions, workshops, and theater, including manga and calligraphy
workshops for young people presented by the New York Public Library; theatrical
performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf as part of the Works
& Process series at the Guggenheim, performed by the Juilliard Ensemble
and George Manahan with narration by Isaac Mizrahi and an
installation inspired by Japanese anime featuring a visual concept by artist Rei
Sato from Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Co studio; and exhibitions of
Japanese visual art throughout New York City. Fall/winter 2010 exhibitions
will focus on works by renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara at the Asia
Society, Zen master Hakuin Ekaku at Japan Society, and the great
artist/designer Isamu Noguchi and his contemporaries at The Noguchi
Museum.JapanNYC returns in March and April 2011 with three weeks of
events across New York City, including performances of classical, jazz, and
traditional Japanese music; contemporary theater and visual art; noh and kyogen
plays; modern dance; film; and more.
A major spring highlight will be two rare overseas performances by the Seiji
Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra), with programs
marking the ensemble’s US debut. Founded by Mr. Ozawa in 2000, the orchestra is
comprised of talented young musicians who are given the opportunity to learn
and perform both opera and orchestral music under the tutelage of world-class
professionals. For JapanNYC, Mr. Ozawa will bring this gifted young
orchestra to Carnegie Hall for a concert performance of Mozart’s opera Le
nozze di Figaro as well as an orchestral program to include Ravel’s Mother
Goose Suite and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Martha
Exciting JapanNYC Carnegie Hall presentations will also include:
violinist Midori in two performances—a solo recital and chamber music
program; a concert by the NHK Symphony Orchestra, joined by Principal
Guest Conductor André Previn and soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa; and
Bach’s Mass in B Minor performed by Japan’s premier period instrument ensemble Bach
Collegium Japan, led by its founder and Artistic Director Masaaki Suzuki.
Also at Carnegie Hall: a Zankel Hall program featuring jazz pianist/composer Toshiko
Akiyoshi; traditional Japanese folk music with shamisen players Yutaka
Oyama and Masahiro Nitta; and the New York recital debut of
classical pianist Aimi Kobayashi.
Spring 2011 JapanNYC musical highlights across New York City will
include a performance of gagaku—traditional Japanese court music that
dates back more than 1,000 years—featuring the Columbia Gagaku Instrumental
Ensemble at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. In addition, the
acclaimed Kodo Drummers will perform at Avery Fisher Hall in a concert
presented by Absolutely Live Entertainment and New Audiences. Also at Lincoln
Center, The Juilliard School will present two JapanNYC concerts at Alice
Tully Hall, one by the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, performing
ceremonial and ritual works by Japanese composers, and one by the New
Juilliard Ensemble, led by Music Director Joel Sachs, exploring
music of the avant-garde after World War II.
Japan Society will contribute to JapanNYC in spring 2011 with
presentations of art and artists both past and present: performances by Kashu-juku
Noh Theater, traditional Japanese theater with a 600-year history; and Bye-Bye
Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, an
exhibition featuring 16 groundbreaking Japanese visual artists.
Other fascinating JapanNYC partner events in the spring: the annual Asian
Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) in mid-March will connect leading New York
galleries and museums in a citywide event of public programs, exhibitions,
receptions, lectures, artist conversations, performances, and more. The Baryshnikov
Arts Center (BAC) in partnership with Asia Society will present The
Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a multimedia play based on a novel by the great
Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. BAC will also partner with Danspace to present
Eiko and Koma: The Retrospective Project, celebrating 30 years of
the pioneering modern dancers/choreographers’ work with film screenings, live
performances, workshops, and panel discussions. In Isamu Noguchi and Martha
Graham: A Legendary Collaboration, in the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose
Hall, the Martha Graham Dance Company performs a program that includes
three works all featuring set designs by famed Japanese-American artist Isamu
Film Forum will present Japanese Divas, a series of films
spotlighting five legendary actresses—Setsuko Hara, Machiko Kyo, Hideko
Takamine, Ayako Wakao, and Isuzu Yamada—from the golden age of Japanese cinema,
including some films previously unseen in the US. The Paley Center will present
A Window On Japan, highlighting arts and culture films about
Japan from its collection, including a Special Family Screening day and
a second day featuring Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in
Japan (1962), Béjart’s Kabuki Ballet (1986), and Ode to Joy:
10,000 Voices Resound (2002).
Four free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, presented in the spring
by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in community venues throughout New
York City, will invite audiences to experience a diverse range of Japanese
artists, including performances by taiko drumming group Soh Daiko; shamisen
players Yutaka Oyama & Masahiro Nitta; and the Line C3
Percussion Group in a program called Percussion in Tokyo & New York.
Tied to JapanNYC, Carnegie Hall will also launch a special web site in
the fall: carnegiehall.org/japannyc. This online
companion site will feature the most up-to-date information on festival events,
interviews with artists, and content providing insight into Japan’s arts scene
and JapanNYC festival offerings.JapanOC Programming in Costa Mesa, California:
The West Coast edition of the
festival—JapanOC—presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange
County at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, and at the
venues of Southern California artistic partners, will open in October 2010 with
a mesmerizing performance of butoh dance by Sankai Juku (October
30). JapanOC will continue through April 2011 with musical offerings at
Segerstrom Center for the Arts to include Gustavo Dudamel with the Los
Angeles Philharmonic performing Takemitsu’s Requiem (March 5);
violinist Midori in recital (March 9); Japanese gagaku, part of a
program highlighting the traditional music heritage of Japan (March 19);
ukulele player/composer Jake Shimabukuro with the Ukulele Orchestra
of Great Britain (March 24); an evening of jazz with pianist/composer Toshiko
Akiyoshi (April 11); and the Tokyo String Quartet (April 19). The
festival will also consist of a four-day residency by the Martha Graham
Dance Company, with performances featuring sets by artist/designer Isamu
Noguchi (February 24-27), as well as special tributes to Japanese composer Tōru
Takemitsu and Noguchi.
In addition to performances presented by the Philharmonic Society, JapanOC
will feature collaborations with a variety of prestigious Southern California
cultural institutions, including a wide range of music, plus theater, dance,
film, visual art, and education activities. For more details and updated West
Coast festival information in coming months, please visit philharmonicsociety.org/JapanOC.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts encompasses South Coast Repertory Theater; Renée
and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006; an arts plaza which
features the Richard Serra sculpture, Connector; and the future home of
the Orange County Museum of Art, which is expected to open in 2016.
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JapanNYC Lead Sponsors are Epson Corporation; Mizuho Securities U.S.A.
Inc.; Nomura Holding America Inc. and Nomura America Foundation; Sony
Corporation; and Yoko Nagae Ceschina.
Supporting Sponsors are Deloitte LLP; Mitsubishi International Corporation;
Suntory Holdings Limited and Suntory Hall; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
Limited; and Toshiba Corporation.
With additional funding from the Asian Cultural Council; GWFF USA Inc.; Nippon
Life Insurance Company; Seiko Instruments Inc.; and Subaru of America, Inc.
With special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Japan; the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan; Japan
Tourism Agency; Japan National Tourism Organization; and the Japan Foundation.
The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target.
The West Coast edition of the festival—JapanOC—is presented with the
support of South Coast Plaza.Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
tickets for JapanNYC performances and events in New York City will go
on sale on August 23 for Carnegie Hall subscribers and on August 30 for
members of the public.
For ticket information and programming updates, please visit carnegiehall.org/japannyc.Single tickets for JapanOC performances and events in Orange
County, California will go on sale in August 2010.
For ticket information and programming updates, please visit philharmonicsociety.org/JapanOC.
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