Babies are welcome!
It’s a casual and open-style concert for everyone.
The festival offers a wide range of events for music lovers of all ages, events such as conducting and dancing.
*Children under 3 years of age sitting on a lap are free of charge
*Guardians can hold up to 1 child aged 2 years or younger on their lap. If the child requires an individual seat, please purchase a ticket for individuals 3 to 18 years old.
*Proof of age required. Individuals 3 to 18 years old require proof of age when entering the venue.
*Performers and programs may change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
*Excluding concert cancellation, ticket changes or refunds will not be made.
*Tickets cannot be reissued.
*Tickets for 3 to 18 years old cannot be exchanged to adult tickets after purchase. Individuals 3 to 18 years old entering the venue with tickets for adults will not be refunded the difference in price.
This concert does not have an intermission.
OK! Orchestra audience
Kazushi Ono is currently Music Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Bar-celona Symphony Orchestra. He was formerly General Music Director of Badisches Staats-theater Karlsruhe, Music Director of La Monnaie in Brussels, Principal Guest Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, and Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon. Ono will be inaugurated as Artistic Director of Opera of New National Theatre, Tokyo in September 2018. He received numerous awards including Palmarès du Prix de la Critique and Asahi Prize. He was selected to be a Person of Cultural Merits. In May 2017, Opéra de Lyon, where Kazushi Ono served as Principal Conductor for nine years, received the Best Opera Company Award at the 2017 International Opera Awards. Ono himself received the Officierde l’ordredes Arts et des Lettres(Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) from the Government of France and the Special Medal from Lyon City in June 2017.
KONDO Ryohei,Choreography & Dance
President of Condors – Dance Company, choreographer and dancer. Received the Shuji Terayama Award at the 4th Asahi Performing Arts Awards. Received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award at the 67th Fine Arts Awards. Featured in the TBS TV’s Jonetsu Tairiku and NHK TV’s NEO – Office Chuckles and more. Director of choreography for TV Exercise for Office Workers in NHK TV’s NEO – Office Chuckles, and NODA MAP Piper produced by Hideki Noda. Kondo made his debut as an actor in the four-person stage play, THE BEE, produced by Hideki Noda. Appeared in the movie, School Days with a Pig, produced by Tetsu Maeda. Director of choreography for the opening of the NHK television drama series Teppan, a movie version of Yatterman produced by Takashi Miike, and the Japanese movie version of The Little Prince, performed by Aoi Miyazaki. Teaches dance as a part-time lecturer at Joshibi University of Art and Design, and Rikkyo University. Raised in Peru, Chili and Argentine. Loves dogs.
Born on 9th April 1971. Kensaku KOBAYASHI is in charge of the performance of “Uchu” record company, and the comedy script of “Condors” dance company. KOBAYASHI has also performed in 〈Miitsuketa〉 NHK Educational TV program for children, and the cast as Japanese samurai named Akashi Takenori in 〈Sanada Maru〉 NHK historical drama. Not only known as an actor, KOBAYASHI also attracts a lot of attention as a stage director of Japanese comedy film 〈 Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High 〉 and 〈Patalliro!〉 based on manga series. KOBAYASHI is also a versatile personality who did many narrations of TV and radio commercials.
Condors – Dance Company led by Ryohei Kondo is made up of male dancers only. They perform in school uniforms, play music, put on puppet shows, make movies and enact short stories. In 2016, they performed at NHK Hall and were so popular that they were invited back for additional performances. They have performed in more than 30 countries, and have received rave reviews from the New York Times. Kondo received the Shuji Terayama Award at the 4th Asahi Performing Arts Awards and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award at the 67th Fine Arts Awards. He became the director of choreography for Mr. Kondo’s Exercise in the NHK kids program, Let’s Exercise, TV Exercise for Office Workers in NHK TV’s NEO – Office Chuckles, and the NHK television drama series Teppan. He has also worked on social activities in contemporary dance through a wide range of programs such as audience-participation for infants and small children in Planning for Playing and Growing by Condors, a project supported by NHK Educational Corporation, and Dance Performance by Ryohei Kondo and Handles ,* a project supported by Saitama Prefecture.
*Handles is a dance company founded by individuals with disabilities in Saitama in 2009.
The Little Singers of Tokyo,Children’s Chorus
The Little Singers of Tokyo (LSOT) was established in 1951 by their founder Shinichi Hasegawa with the concept of traditional European music as a basis for music education. He introduced Renaissance works to Japanese children with the cooperation of Father Paul Annuih, which led to becoming the Japanese branch of the International Federation of Pueri Cantores in 1955. The founding spirit continues today, and their repertoire covers a wide range from Gregorian Chants to contemporary works, including commissioned works by Japanese composers: Y.Matsudaira, T.Ichiyanagi, and T.Hosokawa.
The choir consists of 4 main groups; Junior class age 6-14, the Concert Choir age 15-19 who form the core of performances, Senior & Youth Choir a young mixed voice choir, and Vintage Voice an adult chamber choir, enabling extensive concert activities.
Since the first overseas concert tour to America in 1964 when they were invited to sing at the opening of Lincoln Center, the Choir has been on 33 overseas concert tours, visiting 20 countries and regions in Europe, America, Asia, and Oceania. In 1997 the Choir was invited to the “Festival d’Automne a Paris” and in 2000 at the “Internationale Musikfestwochen Lucerne” to perform Toshio Hosokawa’s works at a portrait recital.
LSOT has collaborated with such famous artists, operatic theaters, and orchestras around the world since their performance in “Otello” “Carmen” with Maestro A. Erde and Del Monaco in 1959, we have had the honor of performing with the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, Bolshoi Theater, Marinsky Theater, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few, performing under the direction of over 30 distinguished maestros including J. Fournet, D. Willcocks, E. Svetlanov, C. Kleiber, N. Santi, S. Ozawa, P. Herreweghe, and V. Gergiev. Among them, performances in Mahler’s “Symphony No.3” with the BPO conducted by C. Abbado, and “Otello” with Teatro alla Scala conducted by R. Muti, were both very well received. And in 2010 LSOT won high praises for their performance at the Tokyo Spring Music Festival in “Carmina Burana” conducted by R. Muti.
In celebration of the 60th Anniversary, LSOT invited the Choir of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh to a “Holding hand-in-hand Concert 2011” at the Suntory Hall together with 300 singers from all parts of Japan in dedication to the Great East Japan Earthquake.
For LSOT’s 65th Anniversary project the Choir is invited to the IFCM World Choral EXPO in Macau in Autumn 2015, followed by a concert tour in Italy from December to January 2016.
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Since the establishment by Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1965 as a part of a cultural promotion project to mark the Tokyo Olympic Games, TMSO has grown to become one of Japan's foremost professional orchestras under the Music Directors such as T.Mori, A. Watanabe, H.Wakasugi, and G.Bertini. Currently Kazushi Ono serves as Music Director, Kazuhiro Koizumi as Honorary Conductor for Life, Alan Gilbert as Principal Guest Conductor and Eliahu Inbal as Conductor Laureate.
SIn addition to a variety of subscription concerts and special concerts, TMSO is also actively engaged in efforts to support Tokyo residents, such as giving school concerts (over 50 annual-ly), concerts for physically challenged persons, and visiting institutions and islands as well as being involved in outreach activities. TMSO has received much international acclaim as the "Music Ambassador of Capital Tokyo" through overseas performances including Europe, North America and Asia. In November 2015, TMSO brought a tour in Europe under the baton of Kazushi Ono and was highly acclaimed.
Swards: the Kyoto Music Award (1991), the Japan's 50th Record Academy Award for Best Symphony Album (E.Inbal/ Shostakovich: Symphony No.4, 2012), and the Japan's 53rd Record Academy Award for Special Award (E.Inbal+TMSO/ Neuer Mahler-Zyklus 2012-2013).
Born in Tokyo in 1968.
Studied at Diploma Courses of the Toho Gakuen College.
While highly praised as a solo concertmaster of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra since 1990, Yabe has been active in chamber music and as soloist.
He has performed under noted conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Hiroshi Wakasugi, Jean Fournet, James DePreist, Eliahu Inbal, Gary Bertini, and so on.
In 1997, his solo in the theme music of a TV drama, “Aguri” on NHK created a sensation.