No.she006   September, 2016

September 19- November 26, 2016

including, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mitsuko Uchida, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s New Work, Kazushi Ono, and others

In 2016, Suntory Hall (Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan / President: Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi) marks its 30th anniversary.

Opened on October 12, 1986, Suntory Hall was the first dedicated concert hall in Tokyo, based on the concept: “pursuing the world’s most beautiful sound”. The hall has presented creative and high-quality programs of performances, educational projects with the view of developing and passing on our musical culture to the next generation, and has implemented various initiatives to engage the public. It is a highly regarded venue by artists as well as classical music fans, both in Japan and internationally. Since its opening, it has held 16,350 concerts and has been visited by 17. 21 million people.**as of end August 2015

■Detailed information for the Anniversary Program in Autumn
Suntory Hall Festival

September 19 – November 26, 2016
A special festival of classical music featuring a line-up of world-class performers such as Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Christian Thielemann, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mitsuko Uchida.

● <Suntory Hall 30th Anniversary Gala Concert> *dress code: black tie 1 & 2 October

The autumn gala concert will be held again after five years’ absence. This festive concert brings together an array of world-class artists, and will be joined by the Wiener Philharmoniker for the first time, conducted by both Zubin Mehta and Seiji Ozawa with the masterful violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist performing Takemitsu’s Nostalghia. It also marks the 20th anniversary of Takemitsu’s death. It is the ultimate gala concert by illustrious artists representing the world of classical music.

  • Seiji Ozawa ©Shintaro Shiratori

  • Zubin Mehta ©Terry Linke

  • Anne-Sophie Mutter ©Herald Hoffmann / DG

● <Suntory Hall Special Stage 2016 – Anne-Sophie Mutter> 4-9 October 2016

Each year, the festival features a big international artist who will perform a recital, a chamber music concert and a concerto over a number of days. The “Special Stage” series in 2016 will focus on the artistry of the celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

● <Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan 2016 – Zubin Mehta conducts Wiener Philharmoniker> 7-12 October 2016

Suntory Hall has presented Wiener Philharmoniker’s Japan Tour since 1999 and has built strong ties with the orchestra. On these tours, in addition to the regular concerts, there are also programs for young people and master classes by the principal players. Also, after the Tohoku Earthquake in 2011, the hall set up the “Wiener Philharmoniker and Suntory Music Aid Fund” to help people recover from the disaster, and it continues to provide support with music. In the Japan Tour of 2016, Zubin Mehta, who celebrates his 80th birthday, will make a long-awaited appearance with this orchestra. On October 12, the actual anniversary of the opening, they will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the same piece performed 30 years ago.

● <Mitsuko Uchida & Mahler Chamber Orchestra Japan Tour> 4-8 October 2016

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, an Associate Artist with Suntory Hall, will direct the dynamic Mahler Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard, performing Mozart’s piano concertos no. 19 & 20 (4 Nov) and no. 17 & 25 (8 Nov).

  • Mitsuko Uchida ©Justin Pumfrey

● <Suntory Hall 30th Anniversary Commission – Conductor Kazushi Ono and TMSO perform Turnage> 12 November 2016

Suntory Hall has commissioned a new work to mark its anniversary from the admired British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. Hibiki will be a fitting work to mark both the 30th anniversary for the hall as well as the five years since the Tohoku Earthquake. The world premiere will be given by Kazushi Ono and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO) with soprano Michaela Kaune and mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura. since the Tohoku Earthquake. on November 12, 2016.

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage ©Philip Gatward

  • Kazushi Ono ©Rikimaru Hotta

● <Salzburg Easter Festival in Japan – Christian Thielemann conducts Staatskapelle Dresden> 18-26 November 2016

Salzburg Easter Festival was established in 1967 by Herbert von Karajan, who used his own funds to create a place where he could realize his artistic vision. To conclude the Suntory Hall Festival, Christian Thielemann, Karajan’s successor at the Easter Festival, will bring his Staatskapelle Dresden and will present the essence of the festival over nine days. The main event will be two performances of Wagner’s Das Rheingold (18 & 20 Nov), which will see a return of the popular “Hall Opera®”. Furthermore, the program will include orchestral concerts (21 & 23 Nov), chamber music concert (22 Nov) and a monodrama by actress Isabel Karajan (19 Nov).
*Hall Opera® A new way of staging operas devised by Suntory Hall. The staging, sets and lighting make full use of the space and acoustics of the hall, where the stage is fully surrounded by the audience and the orchestra and the singers perform on the same stage.

  • Christian Thielemann ©Mattias Creutziger

  • Isabel Karajan ©Mattias Creutziger

■Anniversary Video Messages from International Artists

Many international artists have sent messages for the hall’s 30th anniversary. These video messages are uploaded to the website every month from January 2016 (in both English and Japanese) to be shared amongst classical music fans all over the world.

For further information and press photos, please contact:
Public Relations, Suntory Hall