Date: Sun. 6 September
Time: 4:00 PM (Venue opens at 3:00 PM / Ends at 5:30 PM)
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Concert Hall
Artists: Kazushi ONO, Conductor
Jo KANAMORI, Choreographer
Noism Company Niigata, Dance
Ai USUKI, Soprano
Akira EGUCHI, Piano
Tatsuya YABE, Violin
Tokyo Metropoliatan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra
Programs: Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 (158a)
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major, Ⅱ Adagio assai
Pärt: Fratres for Violin, Strings and Percussion (1977/92)
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Milhaud: Le boeuf sur le toit, op.58
Ticket: S : ¥5,000 / A : ¥4,000 / B : ¥3,000 / C : ¥2,000 (reserved seating only)
Wheelchair Space (S): ¥5,000
Ticket Sale: Mon. 17 August
Ticket Outlets: SaLaD Music Festival 2020 Ticket Sales Website

* Preschoolers not admitted.

Kazushi Ono is currently Music Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Opera of New National Theatre, Tokyo. He was formerly General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Music Director of La Monnaie in Brussels, Principal Guest Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, and Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon. He received numerous awards including Palmarès du Prix de la Critique, Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and Asahi Prize. He was selected to be a Person of Cultural Merits by the Japanese Government. TMSO announced that the term of Ono as Music Director was prolonged until March 2023.

Jo Kanamori is a theatre director, choreographer, and dancer. He is the artistic director of the RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center Dance Division and its resident dance company, Noism Company Niigata. Moving to Europe when he was 17 years old, he studied under Maurice Béjart and others. He made his debut as a director and choreographer aged 20 while enrolled at the Nederlands Dans Theater. After 10 years of working for several dance companies in Europe, he returned to Japan and established Noism, Japan’s first resident dance company at a public art center, in 2004. His many accolades include the prestigious Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology Award, the Niigata Nippo Culture Award, and the Mainichi Art Award.

Noism is Japan’s first dance company to have a residency at a theatre, basing its activities at the RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center. The company was founded in 2004, after the director, choreographer, and dancer Jo Kanamori was appointed artistic director of RYUTOPIA’s Dance Division. It is split into three divisions: Noism0, comprising selected professional dancers; Noism1, consisting of professional dancers; and Noism2, for apprentices. Based in Niigata, Noism1 has been active in a variety of places both in Japan and abroad, working with Moscow’s Chekhov International Theatre Festival and performing at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto. Noism2 participates in many events held in the prefecture, and has been increasingly active in the region. Based in Niigata yet actively internationally, Noism0 conveys the expression that only artists can create, not only through dance techniques but also accumulated age and experience. With its global outlook and the dancers’ overpowering bodies and sharp critical minds behind it, the company’s work has been attracting prominence from all quarters as a new model for Japanese theatre culture in the twenty-first century.

Noism = no-ism
The twentieth century featured much experimentation: research and studies were done in all art forms, giving birth to many isms. But in the twenty-first century, Noism’s aim is not to find yet another new specific ism that would deny the possibilities of other isms. Instead, the company aims for “no-ism.” By having no specific ism, we accept and re-study those different isms that have appeared in the past from predecessors, and find whatever the tools needed in order to create something that emphasizes quality over “originality.”

Ai Usuki graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts. She obtained her master and doctorate degrees(music) from the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School.

She completed the Nikikai Opera Institute Master Class program and obtained the Grand Prize and the Shizuko Kawasaki Award. She received the Ataka Prize, the Toshi Matsuda Award, the Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. Prize. She won 1st prize at the 72nd Music Competition of Japan. She studied at the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg.

Her performances in Japan include Tsu in the Nissay Theater production of Yuzuru, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, Musetta in the Biwako Hall and Kanagawa Kenmin Hall co-production of La Boheme, Chigusa in the New National Theater Tokyo of Asters(world premier). Sie is a member of the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation.

Tatsuya Yabe was born in Tokyo in 1968. He graduated from the Soloist Diploma Course of Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1990, at the age of 22, he was chosen to be Solo-Concertmaster of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Yabe has performed as a soloist with conductors such as Ozawa, Wakasugi, Fournet, Klee, DePreist, Inbal and Bertini. He was awarded music prizes: the IDEMITSU Music Prize from Idemitsu Kosan, the Muramatsu Prize, and the Hotel Okura Music Prize.

TMSO was established by Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1965 as a part of a cultural promotion project to mark the Tokyo Olympic Games. TMSO celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2020. 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, Alan Gilbert as Principal Guest Conductor, Kazuhiro Koizumi as Honorary Conductor for Life and Eliahu Inbal as Conductor Laureate.

In addition to a variety of subscription concerts and special concerts, TMSO is also actively engaged in efforts to support Tokyo residents, by giving concerts for schools (over 50 annually), for welfare institutions and for physically challenged persons, by visiting islands as well as by being involved in outreach activities. TMSO has received much international acclaim as the “Music Ambassador of Capital Tokyo” through overseas performances in Europe, North America and Asia. In November 2015, TMSO brought a tour in Europe under the baton of Kazushi Ono, which was highly acclaimed.

Awards: 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).

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