No.she009   August 9, 2017

European premiere of Suntory Hall commission,
Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Hibiki at the BBC Proms

Monday 14 August at 7:30pm, Royal Albert Hall

Suntory Hall is pleased to mark the European premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s orchestral work Hibiki at this year’s BBC Proms on 14 August. The work was originally commissioned by Suntory Hall in Tokyo to commemorate its 30th anniversary in 2016. “Hibiki” means in Japanese “beautiful sound” and “resonance”, and it is an apt title as this word is used in Suntory Hall’s logo. It is also the name of Suntory’s famed whisky.
The world premiere of Hibiki took place on 12 November 2016 at Suntory Hall under the baton of Kazushi Ono with Michaela Kaune, Mihoko Fujimura, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Little Singers of Tokyo. Ono will also conduct the European premiere at the BBC Proms on 14 August 2017, this time with the massed forces of Sally Matthews, Mihoko Fujimura, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Finchley Children’s Music Group and New London Children’s Choir.
Scored for orchestra, soprano and mezzo-soprano and children’s choir, the seven-movement work is celebratory (especially the fifth movement “Suntory Dance”), but at the same time the music reflects on the Great Tohoku Earthquake, as 2016 was fifth anniversary of the disaster. Three of the movements are titled after the most affected areas, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, and Turnage sets evocative Japanese texts by contemporary poet Sakon Sou (third movement) and great 17th-century dramatist Monzaemon Chikamatsu (sixth movement).
A video clip of “Suntory Dance”, the fifth movement of Hibiki, is available at the following link.

Suntory Hall has a strong track record of commissioning new works, especially under the “Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition” series (Artistic Director: Toshio Hosokawa). Each year, it invites a different theme composer and commissions him/her a new orchestral work that is premiered during the Summer Festival. Georg Friedrich Haas is the featured composer this year, and past theme composers include Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pascal Dusapin, Heinz Holliger and Kaija Saariaho.

Further press information:
Public Relations, Suntory Hall


Further press information about the BBC Proms:
Madelaine Castell: