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Free: Suntory Hall – Mahler Sym No 5, Tchaikovsky Nutcracker

Hosted by the Consul of the Tokyo Music Lovers Group
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Sat 04 Nov 16:30 - 20:30

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The image picture is from Taisho-ike in Kamikouchi , Nagano Prefecture Protected content

At the best music hall most likely in Asia, i.e. Protected content one of the national universities whose campus is locating in Nagano Prefecture, will perform the 100th regular concert on 4th November Protected content . The hall has been praised as a “treasure box of sound” by the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan, re-opened on 1st September Protected content 7 months renovation work.

Let’s enjoy the history making concert for the orchestra and celebrate the re-opening ofProtected content

InterNations Tokyo Music Lovers group members have been kindly invited by the orchestra, which means the seats have been reserved in advance for us and ticket will be gifted.

Shinshu University – Home Page (English)
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Orchestra’s Home Page (Japanese Only)
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- Gustav Mahler – Symphony No 5
- Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite

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Time Schedule

16:30 Meeting Time
16:30 Café + Supper time
18:00 Move to Suntory Hall
18:30 Concert Starts
20:20 Concert Close

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Mahler’s Symphony No 5, 4th movement so called “Adagietto” is used by one of iconic Italian films, “Death in Venice” as the main sound track produced by Luchino Visconti in Protected content .

Please check the following interesting “film making” promotional videos for the details

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Symphony No. 5 (Mahler)
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Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler was composed in Protected content 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler's holiday cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the trumpet solo that opens the work with the same rhythmic motive as the opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, the horn solos in the third movement and the frequently performed Adagietto.

The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, are huge. The symphony is sometimes described as being in the key of C♯ minor since the first movement is in this key (the finale, however, is in D major). Mahler objected to the label: "From the order of the movements (where the usual first movement now comes second) it is difficult to speak of a key for the 'whole Symphony', and to avoid misunderstandings the key should best be omitted."

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Leonard Bernstein – Wien Philharmoniker

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Herbert von Karajan – Adagietto – Berliner Philharmoniker

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The Nutcracker
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The Nutcracker (Russian: Щелкунчик, Балет-феерия / Shchelkunchik, Balet-feyeriya listen (help·info); French: Casse-Noisette, ballet-féerie) is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71). The libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", by way of Alexandre Dumas' adapted story "The Nutcracker". It was given its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, Protected content , on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta.

Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late Protected content and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in North America. Major American ballet companies generate around 40% of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda.

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Seiji Ozawa

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Death in Venice

One of the most famous literary works of the 20th century, the novella "Death in Venice" embodies themes that preoccupied Thomas Mann Protected content in much of his work; the duality of art and life, the presence of death and disintegration in the midst of existence, the connection between love and suffering, and the conflict between the artist and his inner self. Mann's handling of these concerns in this story of a middle-aged German writer, torn by his passion for a Polish youth met on holiday in Venice, resulted in a work of great psychological intensity and tragic power. It is presented here in an excellent new translation with extensive commentary on many facets of the story.

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Suntory Hall
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Suntory Hall was designed based on the concept: “pursuing the world’s most beautiful sound.” A wide range of ideas and advice from leading conductors and musicians, as well as music lovers from all quarters, is reflected in the hall’s design. The Main Hall was designed in the vineyard style, a first in Japan. As all 2,006 seats are directed toward the stage, just like terraces of vines oriented toward the sun, the sound of the music showers down on all seats as though it were rays of the sun.
This design allows both musicians and patrons to feel that they are in perfect harmony with each other and immerse themselves in the musical experience both acoustically and visually. An ideal resonance is delivered to every corner of the hall by the sidewalls, which are in the shape of a trigonal pyramid, and the vaulted ceiling. The upper floor of the hall is separated into blocks, the sidewalls of which serve as reflection walls. The walls are finished in white oak, the same wood used for whisky casks, while the floor and backboards of the seats are made of oak. The lavish use of wood as an interior material enables warm, delicate acoustics and creates a relaxed ambience—as well as being pleasing to the eye.

Furthermore, the hall has been involved in a number of social activities. Marking its 25th anniversary in Protected content , the hall has hosted a wide variety of educational programs with a global perspective, including joint programs with Carnegie Hall, and exchange projects with music colleges outside Japan. In Protected content , the hall established the Vienna Philharmonic and Suntory Music Aid Fund to help people recover from the Protected content earthquake and tsunami, and continues to provide financial and musical support.

Suntory Hall holds about Protected content a year and is visited by 600,000 customers annually. We will continue to offer creative and attractive programs in an effort to bring music closer to people’s lives.

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