• Monday, Sep 20, 2010

    Carnegie Hall Presents JapanNYC, a Festival of Japanese Arts Launching December 2010



    Over 65 Events throughout New York City at Carnegie Hall and Partner Venues
    Celebrate Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Arts, Including
    Music, Theater, Dance, Film, and Visual Art


    (Update September 20, 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 65 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 Masaaki Suzuki, the NHK Symphony Orchestra led by André Previn, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kazumi Watanabe, coba, Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta, Aimi Kobayashi, and many more.

    JapanNYC launches at Carnegie Hall on December 14, 15, and 18 with three concerts by the Saito Kinen Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, with music by Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 3 with Mitsuko Uchida), Brahms (Symphony No. 1), Berlioz (Symphonie fantastique), Tōru Takemitsu (November Steps), Britten (War Requiem), and Atsuhiko Gondai (US premiere of Decathexis, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall). December also offers a major tribute to the late Tōru Takemitsu, considered to be Japan’s greatest composer, with events at Carnegie Hall, Film Forum, and Columbia University’s Miller Theatre.

    In addition to performances at Carnegie Hall, JapanNYC extends throughout New York City, thanks to partnerships with 22 prestigious New York cultural institutions, including Absolutely Live Entertainment and New Audiences; Asian Contemporary Art Week; Asia Society; Baryshnikov Arts Center; Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Danspace Project; Film Forum; Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies at Columbia University; 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 of Contemporary Dance; Works & Process at the Guggenheim; and the World Music Institute, which offer presentations featuring such artists and ensembles as Kodo Drummers, Martha Graham Dance Company, Kashu-juku Noh Theater, Eiko and Koma, Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble and exhibitions devoted to such visual artists as Hakuin Ekaku and Isamu Noguchi.

    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.

    JapanOC in Southern California: 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 institutions. For more information on JapanOC festival offerings visit philharmonicsociety.org/JapanOC.

    JapanNYC Programming
    JapanNYC begins in December at Carnegie Hall with three concerts, December 14, 15, and 18, by the Saito Kinen Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa, who co-founded the orchestra in 1984 in tribute to his late mentor, the influential educator and musician Hideo Saito. The orchestra forms the core of the annual Saito Kinen Festival, held every September in Matsumoto, Japan, and also led by Maestro Ozawa.

    Also in December, JapanNYC pays tribute to the late composer Tōru Takemitsu with performances on three consecutive evenings as well as a two-week film series at Film Forum. The tribute includes the Saito Kinen Orchestra and Maestro Ozawa performing Takemitsu’s November Steps, scored for traditional Japanese instruments and Western orchestra, on their second program; 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 hōgaku instruments, such as the biwa and shakuhachi, which were frequently utilized by Takemitsu in his compositions (December 16); and a concert curated by the composer’s daughter Maki Takemitsu featuring improvisations on Takemitsu’s film music by guitarists Kazumi Watanabe and Daisuke Suzuki, accordionist coba, and percussionist Tomohiro Yahiro, among others (December 17).

    During his lifetime, Takemitsu wrote nearly 100 scores for such acclaimed films as Kobayashi’s Hara Kiri (1962), Teshigahara’s Woman of the Dunes (1964), and Kurosawa’s Ran (1985). Film Forum will present those three films, plus many more, during TAKEMITSU, a two-week festival of movies scored by the composer (December 3–16).

    Surrounding the December 2010 musical performances and films will be a variety of fall exhibitions, workshops, and theater: manga and calligraphy workshops for young people presented by The New York Public Library (various dates); theatrical performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf as part of the Works & Process series at the Guggenheim, with narration by Isaac Mizrahi and a visual concept by artist Rei Sato of Kaiki Kiki Co., Ltd.—the art production company of Takashi Murakami (December 11–19); and exhibitions of Japanese visual art throughout New York City including Yoshitomo Nara at the Asia Society (through January 2), Zen master Hakuin Ekaku at Japan Society (through January 9), and Isamu Noguchi and his contemporaries at The Noguchi Museum (through April 24).

    JapanNYC returns in March and April 2011, with a major highlight being the US debut performances by Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra) (April 1 and 2). 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. Other exciting JapanNYC Carnegie Hall presentations include: a concert by the NHK Symphony Orchestra, joined by conductor André Previn and soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (March 21); Bach’s Mass in B Minor performed by Japan’s premier period instrument ensemble Bach Collegium Japan led by its founder Masaaki Suzuki (March 22); violinist Midori in two performances (March 23 and April 5); traditional Japanese folk music with shamisen players Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta (March 25); classical pianist Aimi Kobayashi (April 3); and jazz pianist/composer Toshiko Akiyoshi (April 6).

    Other spring 2011 JapanNYC musical highlights across New York City will include Kodo Drummers at Avery Fisher Hall (March 20); 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 (March 29); the and two concerts in Alice Tully Hall presented by Juilliard: one by the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble performing ceremonial and ritual works by Japanese composers (March 29), and one by the New Juilliard Ensemble, led by Music Director Joel Sachs, exploring music of the avant-garde after World War II (April 8).

    Other fascinating JapanNYC partner performances in the spring include: Isamu Noguchi and Martha Graham: A Legendary Collaboration, which includes three works choreographed by Graham with sets by Noguchi performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company (March 17 and 20); Kashu-juku Noh Theater, purveyors of traditional Japanese theater going back 600-years, presented by Japan Society (March 24–26); The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a multimedia play based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center and Asia Society (March 29–April 10); and Eiko and Koma: The Retrospective Project, presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center and Danspace Project and celebrating 30 years of work with film screenings, live performances, workshops, and panel discussions (March 28–April 8).

    Film Forum returns as a festival partner in the spring, presenting Japanese Divas, a series of films spotlighting five legendary actresses from the golden age of Japanese cinema, including some films previously unseen in the US (dates to be announced in March); and the Paley Center presents A Window On Japan (April 2 and 3), a series of arts and culture films about Japan, with a Special Family Screening program and such documentaries as Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Japan (1962), Béjart’s Kabuki Ballet (1986), and Ode to Joy: 10,000 Voices Resound (2002).

    Spring partner exhibitions include Graceful Perseverance, an exhibition of bonsai at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (through May 1); Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, an exhibition featuring 15 groundbreaking Japanese visual artists, presented by Japan Society (March 18–June 12); and the annual Asian Contemporary Art Week presented by the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium in association with Asia Society (March 24–31).

    Four free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, presented in the spring by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in community venues throughout New York City, 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.

    For complete program listings and for more information about JapanNYC festival offerings visit carnegiehall.org/japannyc.

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    JapanNYC Lead Sponsors are Epson Corporation; Mizuho Securities USA Inc.; Nomura Holding America Inc. and Nomura America Foundation; Kotaro ONO, The Chairman of The ONO Group; Rohm Music 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; Toshiba Corporation; and Toyota.

    With additional funding from Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC; the Asian Cultural Council; GWFF USA Inc.; J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York; Kawasaki Good Times Foundation; The New York Mets Foundation; Nihon Unisys, Ltd.; Nippon Express Foundation, Inc.; Nippon Life Insurance Company; Hiroko Onoyama and Ken Sugawara; 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; the Japan Foundation; and the Consulate-General of Japan in New York.

    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. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets for events taking place at Carnegie Hall are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For tickets to JapanNYC partner events, please contact the specific venue.

    A JapanNYC Festival Passport, priced at $10, saves 15% or more on all events at Carnegie Hall and many partner events during JapanNYC. The Passport is available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, through CarnegieCharge, or at carnegiehall.org. Some restrictions apply.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.



    For a press kit or high resolution images of featured artists, please contact the Carnegie Hall Public Affairs Office at 212-903-9750 or publicaffairs@carnegiehall.org.


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