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Suntory Hall Open House Day – You are now on stage!!

Hosted by the Consul of the Tokyo Music Lovers Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sun 01 Apr 10:45 - 17:00

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Can you believe, you may stand on the same stage - where all of world class musicians have had performed?

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Video Message from globally well known musicians.

Surprisingly Suntory main hall stage will be opened for a public from 1:00pm until 2:30pm and your photos are also allowed. Even you may come up to the iconic Pipe Organ seat. 1st April is known as the day of "Economy of Truth" in British expression, but trust me please.

Taking this exciting and special occasion, let's make Tokyo Music Lovers group photos on the stage. If you like to bring your own musical instrument and dress up as if you were the excellent musician, this will be an ideal opportunity. :-)


Our schedule
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10:45 Meeting Time
11: Protected content Organ Concert at main Hall
12: Protected content Orchestra Concert
13: Protected content Brunch & Café time, Cherry Blossom watching (see photos on this page - the hall will be surrounded by cherry blossoms!)
14: Protected content Group picture at the main stage in front of pipe organ
14: Protected content Opera Concert
15: Protected content Piano Trio Concert

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The hall has been praised as a “treasure box of sound” by the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan of Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra, Suntory Hall is widely known as the best classical music hall in Asia. Since the opening day of Protected content , all of world class orchestras & musicians have played at Suntory hall.

As a part of Sakura Festival organized by Ark Mori building, Suntory Hall will have a public open house day on 1st April. At the main hall, Pipe Organ as well as the professional orchestra concert is free. Piano trio as well as opera singers concert at Blue Rose Hall is free.

Main Hall schedule
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Pipe Organ Concert
Leon Jessel - Parade der Zinnsoldaten
JS Bach – Fugue in G minor BWV 578
R Wagner – Walkürenritt

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Orchestra Concert by Yokohama Sinfonietta (professional orchestra)
Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony No 4 – Italia 1st movement
Georg Friedrich Handel - Ombra mai fù
Franz Joseph Haydn – Cello Concerto No 1, 3rd movement
WA Mozart – Symphony No 41 – Jupiter 4th movement

13: Protected content Main stage free for a public.

Blue Rose Hall (Recital Hall) Schedule
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Piano Trio Concert

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Opera Concert

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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.

Suntory Hall is a magnificent musical instrument (resonance chamber) in itself.

In order to deliver even an almost inaudible but beautiful pianissimo to every corner of the hall, the vineyard style, in which the seating surrounds the stage rising up in serried rows, was employed for the seating arrangement.

We have made every effort to create an ideal concert hall by carefully selecting the materials used for the floor, walls, ceiling and seats as well as their shapes, and by conducting exhaustive acoustic experiments using a variety of models.

Our goal was to realize four acoustic properties: 1) a rich, relaxing
sound; 2) a stable sound supported by a profound bass; 3) a clear but sensitive sound; and 4) a three-dimensional sound. The reverberation time of the hall when fully seated is 2.1 seconds in midrange frequencies.

The concert organ in the front wall above the stage of Main Hall is one of the largest organs in the world with 74 stops* and 5,898 pipes. Meisters (master craftsman) from Rieger Orgelbau, a famous Austrian organ builders, handcrafted each and every pipe and reed to achieve a soft sound with a sense of warmth, in accordance with the acoustic properties that the hall aspired to attain. The organ is fine-tuned repeatedly, even after being installed in the hall, to achieve perfect tuning.
As this organ has such a large number of stops, it can cater to as wide a range of repertoires as a concert hall organ.

*Stops: Mechanisms that allow usage of different tones