NEWS RELEASE

No.she001   September 28, 2010

Suntory Hall launches
innovative 25th Anniversary Program


  • Stunning chamber music flower fantasia
  • Audience interaction with musicians
  • Major international performers and new annual events
  • Special programs for kids, young adults
  • Reaching out to Tokyo's foreign community

Tokyo, September 16, 2010—Suntory Hall, Tokyo's leading dedicated concert hall, today announced a program of special events for its 25th anniversary year in 2011, as part of which it outlined an array of new annual events that form a launch pad for a new future direction aimed at building interest in classical music across all age groups.

Suntory Hall opened in 1986 as the first dedicated concert hall in Tokyo, and has gained an international reputation offering acoustic quality on a par with the world's best. The hall has hosted an array of inspirational performances, and has produced a diverse lineup of programs to nurture the development of the next generation of musicians—including a joint program with the Carnegie Hall, and exchange projects with overseas musical colleges.

Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, President of Suntory Hall, said, "Suntory Hall is such a wonderful venue that we feel a strong sense of mission to bring more people the pleasure and inspiration of classical music. As part of our 25th anniversary activities we aim to become more accessible to Japan's foreign community, and to focus on bringing children and young adults the thrill and vivid immediacy of concert performances."

For the 25th anniversary, Suntory Hall has launched initiatives to promote participation from the general public and artists alike that include the Pipe Music Box Melody Search, which will culminate in a performance in early 2011 of seven pipe music box melodies chosen from among more than 200 favorites, and the Blue Rose(Small Hall) 'Yatte Minahare (Go for it !)' Project, an open invitation for creative musical ideas for a chance to see them on stage in July 2011.

In summer 2011, the hall will host the Suntory Hall Chamber Music Garden, a new event to promote enjoyment of traditional chamber music as the origin of classical music. For this annual event Blue Rose(Small Hall) will be transformed into a magical garden of blossoming flowers, creating an intense atmosphere of musical and sensory appreciation.
In fall 2011, the hall will launch the Suntory Hall Festival, a two-month celebration of classical music. The festival will open with a commemorative gala concert, featuring world-class performers such as the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, Mitsuko Uchida, Evgeny Kissin, Yo-Yo Ma, Tan Dun and more.

An overview of upcoming events is shown below

For further information please contact:
Suntory Hall
Public Relations
Tel +81-3-3505-1002
Fax +81-3-3505-1025

PERFORMANCES PRESENTED BY SUNTORY HALL OR OTHERS IN 2011
  DATE PERFORMANCES HALL
  JAN. 1-3 SUNTORY HALL NEW YEAR CONCERT 2011 SYMPHONIE-ORCHESTER DER WIENER VOLKSOPER MAIN HALL
icon star JAN. 26 LEON FLEISHER PIANO RECITAL - SUNTORY HALL CHAMBER MUSIC ACADEMY GUEST CONCERT BLUE ROSE
MAR. 4-5 RICCARDO CHAILLY CONDUCTS GEWANDHAUSORCHESTER LEIPZIG MAIN HALL
icon star MAR. 27 SUNTORY HALL "OPEN HOUSE"  
  APR. 26 OBIC SPECIAL CONCERT 2011 KEN-ICHIRO KOBAYASHI CONDUCTS JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA MAIN HALL
icon star APR. 30 TOKYO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & SUNTORY HALL SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT FOR CHILDREN 2011 MAIN HALL
CHAMBER MUSIC GARDEN JUN. 4 CHAMBER MUSIC GARDEN OPENING
PRODUCTION BY TSUYOSHI TSUTSUMI 2011
BLUE ROSE
JUN. 5 RAINBOW 21 SUNTORY HALL DEBUT CONCERT 15TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL PROJECT icon star
JUN. 7-9 RAINBOW 21 SUNTORY HALL DEBUT CONCERT 2011 icon star
JUN. 10-12 PACIFICA QUARTET THE BEETHOVEN MARATHON
JUN. 13-14 MENAHEM PRESSLER SPECIAL WORKSHOP - SUNTORY HALL CHAMBER MUSIC ACADEMY icon star
JUN. 16 MENAHEM PRESSLER PIANO RECITAL - SUNTORY HALL CHAMBER MUSIC ACADEMY GUEST CONCERT
JUN. 17-19 ENJOY! WEEKEND CHAMBER MUSIC
JUN. 19 FESTIVAL SOLOISTS FINAL MAIN HALL
icon diamond white JUN. 14 JAMES LEVINE CONDUCTS THE MET ORCHESTRA SPECIAL CONCERT MAIN HALL
icon star JUL. 2 TOKYO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & SUNTORY HALL SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT FOR CHILDREN 2011 MAIN HALL
icon star JUL. 3 RAINBOW 21 INTERNATIONAL SUNTORY HALL DEBUT CONCERT 2011 BLUE ROSE
icon star JUL. 23 "ORGAN ADVENTURE" SUNTORY HALL ORGAN PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN MAIN HALL
  JUL. 25-29 'YATTE MINAHARE' PROJECT AT BLUE ROSE - FOR CREATIVE PERFORMANCES BLUE ROSE
icon star AUG. CARNEGIEKIDS AT SUNTORY HALL BLUE ROSE
  AUG. SUNTORY HALL INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM FOR MUSIC COMPOSITION - JULIAN YU MAIN HALL
icon diamond black SEP. 2-3 JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA THE 633RD SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT MAIN HALL
icon star SEP.10 TOKYO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & SUNTORY HALL SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT FOR CHILDREN 2011 MAIN HALL
icon diamond black SEP. 12 YOMIURI NIPPON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA THE 507TH SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT MAIN HALL
icon diamond black SEP. 15 NEW JAPAN PHILHARMONIC THE 483RD SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT MAIN HALL
SUNTORY HALL FESTIVAL OCT. 1 SUNTORY HALL FESTIVAL OPENING
SUNTORY HALL 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CONCERT
MAIN HALL
OCT. 3 SUNTORY HALL OPERA GALA MAIN HALL
OCT. 4 CHINESE BELLS PROJECT DIRECTED BY TAN DUN BLUE ROSE
OCT. 5 FRANCESCO DEMURO TENOR RECITAL BLUE ROSE
OCT. 6 MARKUS WERBA BARITONE RECITAL BLUE ROSE
OCT. 8 SUNTORY HALL ORGAN LECTURE CONCERT SERIES 2011 'MUSIKALISCHER BUMMEL DURCH WIEN' MAIN HALL
OCT. 8-18 EXHIBITION BY WIENER MUSIKVEREIN ARCHIV
'450 JAHRE EUROPÄISCH-JAPANISCHE MUSIKBEZIENHUNGEN'
BLUE ROSE
OCT. 10 EVGENY KISSIN BIRTHDAY SPECIAL CONCERT MAIN HALL
OCT. WIENER PHILHARMONIKER WEEK IN JAPAN 2011
CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH CONDUCTS WIENER PHILHARMONIKER
icon diamond white
MAIN HALL
OCT. 26-27 NHK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT NO.1711 icon diamond black MAIN HALL
OCT. 28-29 MITSUKO UCHIDA & HAGEN QUARTETT SUNTORY HALL SPECIAL STAGE MAIN HALL
NOV. 3 SUNTORY HALL 25TH ANNIVERSARY 'BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9'
JIRI KOUT CONDUCTS NHK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
MAIN HALL
NOV. 4-7 MITSUKO UCHIDA PIANO RECITAL SUNTORY HALL SPECIAL STAGE MAIN HALL
NOV. 8 DAVID ZINMAN CONDUCTS TONHALLE ORCHESTER ZÜRICH MAIN HALL
NOV. 14-15 DAVID ZINMAN CONDUCTS TONHALLE ORCHESTER ZÜRICH & YO-YO MA MAIN HALL
NOV. 18 TOKYO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA THE 807TH SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT icon diamond black MAIN HALL
NOV. 19 TOKYO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT NO. 594 icon diamond black MAIN HALL
NOV. 20 SUNTORY HALL FESTIVAL FINAL CONCERT MAIN HALL
icon star NOV. 26 TOKYO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & SUNTORY HALL SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT FOR CHILDREN 2011 MAIN HALL
icon diamond white NOV. PAAVO JARVI CONDUCTS ORCHESTRE DE PARIS MAIN HALL
icon star DEC. SUNTORY HALL OPERA ACADEMY PERFORMANCE BLUE ROSE
icon diamond black DEC. 20 TOKYO METROPOLITAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT NO. 727 MAIN HALL
  DEC. 23 SUNTORY HALL CHRISTMAS ORGAN CONCERT 2011 MAIN HALL
  DEC. 24 SUNTORY HALL CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2011 BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN "MESSIAH" MAIN HALL
  DEC. 31 SUNTORY HALL SILVESTER CONCERT 2011 MAIN HALL

icon star= ENJOY! MUSIC PROGRAM
icon diamond white= INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA PROGRAM
icon diamond black= ENJOY! ORCHESTRA PROGRAM

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