• Thursday, Mar 3, 2011

    NHK Symphony, Midori, Bach Collegium, and More Set to Appear During JapanNYC Festival


    NHK Symphony Orchestra—Japan’s Oldest Symphonic Ensemble—Appears with
    Conductor André Previn and Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa on March 21

    Bach Collegium Japan and Artistic Director Masaaki Suzuki
    Perform Bach’s Mass in B Minor on March 22

    Violinist Midori Featured in Two Programs: Contemporary Music Recital on March 23 and
    Chamber Music Program of Haydn, Schubert, and Dvořák on April 5

    Fifteen-Year-Old Pianist Aimi Kobayashi Performs in Weill Recital Hall on April 3

    Partner Events by The Juilliard School at Alice Tully Hall Feature
    Contemporary Japanese Music by the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble
    and New Juilliard Ensemble, March 29 and April 8

    This spring, from Monday, March 14 to Saturday, April 9, Carnegie Hall launches part two of JapanNYC, an ambitious two-part citywide festival inviting audiences to explore the incredible diversity of Japanese arts and culture with more than 65 performances and events (over 40 this spring) at Carnegie Hall and New York City partner venues.

    Featured classical music artists performing at Carnegie Hall in these weeks include violinist Midori, the NHK Symphony Orchestra led by André Previn, Bach Collegium Japan with conductor Masaaki Suzuki, and pianist Aimi Kobayashi. Additionally, festival partner The Juilliard School presents two contemporary music concerts by the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble led by Daniel Druckman and the New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs, in Alice Tully Hall featuring music by Japanese composers.

    Classical music concerts are as follows:

    NHK Symphony Orchestra
    March 21 at 8:00 p.m.; Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
    Japan’s oldest professional orchestra—with over 80 years of history—returns to Carnegie Hall for the first time in five years, with its Principal Guest Conductor André Previn leading a program that includes Takemitsu’s Green, Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.

    Bach Collegium Japan with Masaaki Suzuki
    March 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
    Japan’s premier period instrument ensemble and chamber choir, led by its Founder and Artistic Director Masaaki Suzuki, performs one of Bach’s great choral works, the Mass in B Minor.

    Violinist Midori in recital with pianist Charles Abramovic
    March 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
    Acclaimed violinist Midori presents the first of her two JapanNYC programs, a recital of contemporary music with pianist Charles Abramovic, including works by Huw Watkins, Brett Dean, Toshio Hosokawa, James MacMillan, and John Adams.

    Juilliard Percussion Ensemble
    March 29 at 8:00 p.m.; Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
    In a program entitled Ceremony and Ritual, the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, directed by Daniel Druckman, performs music by Tōru Takemitsu, Masakazu Natsuda, Akira Nishimura, Hiroya Miura, and Jo Kondo. Presented by The Juilliard School.

    Pianist Aimi Kobayashi in Recital
    April 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
    Fifteen-year-old piano prodigy Aimi Kobayashi has been performing since the age of three and won Japan’s PTNA Piano Competition for four straight years beginning in 2001. She has since become a YouTube sensation, garnering over one million viewers. She performs during JapanNYC as part of Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debuts series.

    Chamber Music Featuring Violinist Midori and Friends
    April 5 at 8:00 p.m.; Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
    Midori returns, performing works by Haydn, Schubert, and Dvořák with violist Nobuko Imai, cellist Antoine Lederlin, and pianist Jonathan Biss.

    New Juilliard Ensemble
    April 8 at 8:00 p.m.; Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
    Music Director Joel Sachs conducts the New Juilliard Ensemble in a program titled The New Japan, featuring music of the Japanese avant-garde after World War II, including works by Joe Kondo, Ushio Torikai, Somei Satoh, Toshio Hosokawa, Akira Nishimura, and Karen Tanaka. Presented by The Juilliard School.

    Other JapanNYC events at Carnegie Hall and partner institutions this spring feature pop, jazz, and traditional Japanese music (including free Neighborhood Concerts); noh theater; taiko drumming; dance; film (including documentaries and animation); exhibitions; and workshops and panel discussions on a wide variety of topics. Visit carnegiehall.org/japannyc for the most up-to-date information on festival events, interviews with artists, videos, slideshows, and other content providing insight into Japan’s arts scene and JapanNYC festival offerings.

    The JapanNYC festival explores the world of Japan today, where artists embrace their country’s unique aesthetic sensibilities while continually revitalizing its cultural landscape. Led by renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa as Artistic Director, the festival explores a country that values its long-standing cultural heritage while also embracing and transforming Western art forms, with a spirit that very much looks ahead.

    The festival extends throughout New York City, thanks to partnerships with 26 prestigious New York cultural institutions, including Absolutely Live Entertainment and New Audiences; Asian Contemporary Art Week; Asia Society; Baryshnikov Arts Center; Bloomberg; Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Danspace Project; Film Forum; Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies at Columbia University; Japan Society; The Juilliard School; Macy’s; The New York Public Library; The Noguchi Museum; The Paley Center for Media; Paul Szilard Productions and Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance; Wall Street Journal; Wordless Music; Works & Process at the Guggenheim; and the World Music Institute. 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, Carnegie Hall continues its 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.

    Program Information
    Monday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    André Previn, Principal Guest Conductor
    Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Soprano

    RICHARD STRAUSS Four Last Songs
    SERGEI PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100

    Sponsored in part by Suntory Holdings Limited and Suntory Hall

    Sponsored in part by Toshiba Corporation

    Tickets: $33–$98

    Tuesday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Masaaki Suzuki, Artistic Director and Conductor
    Hanna Blazikova, Soprano
    Rachel Nicholls, Soprano
    Clint van der Linde, Countertenor
    Gerd Türk, Tenor
    Peter Kooij, Bass


    Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Benjamin Sosland, The Juilliard School.

    This concert is underwritten by Yoko Nagae Ceschina.

    This concert and the Choral Classics series are made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.

    Tickets: $31–$90

    Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    MIDORI, Violin

    HUW WATKINS Coruscation and Reflection
    BRETT DEAN Berlin Music (NY Premiere)
    TOSHIO HOSOKAWA Vertical Time Study III
    JAMES MACMILLAN After the Tryst
    JOHN ADAMS Road Movies

    Tickets: $48, $54

    Tuesday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m.
    Alice Tully Hall
    1941 Broadway


    Daniel Druckman, Director


    HIROYA MIURA Mitate (World Premiere)
    JO KONDO Under the Umbrella

    Presented by The Juilliard School

    Tickets: Free, available at the Juilliard Box Office two weeks prior to the event

    For more information visit juilliard.edu/japanfest or call 212-769-7406.

    Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
    Weill Recital Hall

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique"
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"
    MAURICE RAVEL Sonatine
    FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
    FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

    The Distinctive Debuts series is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for the presentation of young artists generously provided by The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation.

    Additional endowment support for international outreach has been provided by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation.

    Tickets: $36

    Tuesday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman
    MIDORI, Violin
    NOBUKO IMAI, Viola

    JOSEPH HAYDN Piano Trio in A Major, Hob. XV:9
    FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D. 898
    ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87

    This performance is sponsored by Sony Corporation.

    Sponsored in part by Deloitte LLP

    Tickets: $33–$97

    Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.
    Alice Tully Hall
    1941 Broadway


    Joel Sachs, Music Director and Conductor


    KAREN TANAKA Water and Stone
    JO KONDO Syzygia (US Premiere)
    AKIRA NISHIMURA Corps d’arc-en-ciel (US Premiere)
    USHIO TORIKAI Venus is the Plane (US Premiere)
    TOSHIO HOSOKAWA Voyage VIII (US Premiere)
    SOMEI SATOH From the Depth of Silence (NY Premiere)

    Presented by The Juilliard School

    Tickets: Free, available at the Juilliard Box Office two weeks prior to the event

    For more information visit juilliard.edu/japanfest or call 212-769-7406.

    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 Co., Ltd. and 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; Asian Cultural Council; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; GWFF USA Inc.; ITOCHU International Inc.; J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York; Kawasaki Good Times Foundation; The NY Mets Foundation; Nihon Unisys, Ltd.; Nippon Express Foundation, Inc.; Nippon Life Insurance Company; Hiroko Onoyama and Ken Sugawara; Seiko Instruments Inc.; Subaru of America, Inc.; and Sumitomo Corporation of America Foundation.

    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 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.

    Continental Airlines is the Official Airline 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.


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