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Music College Festival - Geidai + Toho Gakuen

Hosted by the Consul of the Tokyo Music Lovers Group
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Sat 18 Nov 13:00 - 17:00

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Left hand: one of the largest pipe organs in the world, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan theatre’s home page.

Nine different music colleges in Tokyo will have joint concerts in four days (18th, 19th, 25th November and 2nd December), at two different famous music halls - Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall.

For Tokyo Music Lovers Group, the first concert day at Tokyo Metropolitan Theater in Ikebukuro (5 min walking distance from JR as well as Subway Ikebukuro stations) had been selected, which players are Tokyo University of the Arts (so called Tokyo Geidai, or just Geida in Japanese) and Toho Gakuen School of Music.

Tokyo Geidai is the best music and art college in Japan. The most of music course students have several global level competition stage experiences. 70% or more players in professional orchestras in Japan, such as NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Symphony …, had studied or graduated from this Geidai.

Toho Gakuen School of Music is the second next to Geidai in terms of performance skill sets. The graduates include "Seiji Ozawa", “Akiko Suwanai - International Tchaikovsky Competition Gold prize winner, Tooru Yasunaga – 1st Violin Concert Master at Berliner Philharmoniker”, “Hiroko Nakamura – Chopin Competition – 4th prize”, Junko Urayama, Ikuyo Nakamichi, Yuzuko Horigome, please see below for the details.

Tokyo University of the Arts
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Toho Gakuen School of Music
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18th November (Sat), 15:00 Starts, Protected content
Program – Igor Stravinsky, Petrushka ( Protected content )
Conductor: Laszlo Tihanyi

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Program – Sergei Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Conductor – Nobuaki Nakata
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Meeting Time : 13:00
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13:00 Meeting Time
13:15 Group Brunch: Restaurant TBA
14:30 Move to the Hall
15:00 Stage Starts
17:00 Stage Close

Cost : JPY Protected content Ticket

Concert Ticket:
For non-Japanese members those who would be difficult to purchase it, please contact me by this WEB Mail system.
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For further information about Music College Festival

19th November (Sun), 15:00 Starts, Venue Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
Musashino Academia Musicae
Program – Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Tokyo College of Music
Program – Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14

25th November (Sat), 15:00 Starts, Venue Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall
Ueno Gakuen
Program – Georges Bizet, L'Arlésienne – Suite No1 & No 2 (Excerpts)
2nd Program - Kodály Zoltán – Concerto for Orchestra
Showa Academia Usicae
Program – Gustav Mahler, Symphony No 1 “Titan” – with Blumine

02nd December (Sat), 15:00 Starts, Venue Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall
Toho College of Music
Program – Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
Kunitachi College of Music
Program – J Brahms, Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Senzoku Gakuen College of Music
Program – Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 1 in D Major “Titan”

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Petrushka (ballet)
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Petrushka (French: Pétrouchka; Russian: Петрушка) is a ballet burlesque in four scenes. It was composed in Protected content and revised in Protected content . Igor Stravinsky composed the music, and, with Alexandre Benois, fashioned the libretto. Michel Fokine choreographed the ballet; Benois designed the sets and costumes.Petrushka was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes at theThéâtre du Châtelet in Paris on 13 June Protected content . Vaslav Nijinsky portrayed Petrushka with Tamara Karsavina as the Ballerina. Alexander Orlov portrayed the Moor, and Enrico Cecchetti the Charlatan.

Petrushka tells the story of the loves and jealousies of three puppets. The three are brought to life by the Charlatan during the Protected content Fair (Maslenitsa) in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Petrushka loves the Ballerina, but she rejects him. She prefers the Moor. Petrushka is angry and hurt, and challenges the Moor. The Moor kills him with his scimitar. Petrushka's ghost rises above the puppet theatre as night falls. He shakes his fist at the Charlatan, then collapses in a second death.

Petrushka brings music, dance, and design together in a unified whole. It is one of the most popular of the Ballets Russes productions. It is usually performed today using the original designs and choreography. Grace Robert wrote in Protected content , "Although more than thirty years have elapsed since Petrushka was first performed, its position as one of the greatest ballets remains unassailed. Its perfect fusion of music, choreography, and décor and its theme—the timeless tragedy of the human spirit—unite to make its appeal universal".[

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Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev)
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Romeo and Juliet (Russian: Ромео и Джульетта), Op. 64, is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev reused music from the ballet in three suites for orchestra and a solo piano work.

Background and Premiere
Based on a synopsis created by Adrian Piotrovsky (who first suggested the subject to Prokofiev) and Sergey Radlov, the ballet was composed by Prokofiev in September Protected content their scenario which followed the precepts of "drambalet" (dramatised ballet, officially promoted at the Kirov Ballet to replace works based primarily on choreographic display and innovation). Following Radlov's acrimonious resignation from the Kirov in June Protected content , a new agreement was signed with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on the understanding that Piotrovsky would remain involved. However, the ballet's original happy ending (contrary to Shakespeare) provoked controversy among Soviet cultural officials; the ballet's production was then postponed indefinitely when the staff of the Bolshoi was overhauled at the behest of the chairman of the Committee on Arts Affairs, Platon Kerzhentsev. The ballet's failure to be produced within Soviet Russia until Protected content also have been due to the increased fear and caution in the musical and theatrical community in the aftermath of the two notorious Pravda editorials criticising Shostakovich and other "degenerate modernists" including Piotrovsky. The conductor Yuri Fayer met with Prokofiev frequently during the writing of the music, and he strongly urged the composer to revert to the traditional ending. Fayer went on to conduct the first performance of the ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Suites of the ballet music were heard in Moscow and the United States, but the full ballet premiered in the Mahen Theatre, Brno (then in Czechoslovakia, now in the Czech Republic), on 30 December Protected content . This version was a single-act production with music mainly from the first two suites. Prokofiev was not able to attend the premiere due to his status of outbound restriction.