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「木のホール」が帰ってきた! 神奈川県立音楽堂リニューアルオープン

The "wooden hall" is back! Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall reopened

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Feel free to enjoy!   Living with a concert
File.6 Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
Kosaburo Mori
(Music Writer)

Should I say go home?
Should you say that you're tired?
I'm lost because the other person is a building...
The Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall, a treasure house in Kanagawa Prefecture that has produced many legendary famous performances after completing a repair work for about a year, will be reopened on June 1, 2019.

Great architecture
A sound called "the best sound of the Orient" by famous musicians
And above all, a variety of attractive programs
I couldn't wait for a year. I wanted to meet you!
The "wooden hall" is back! Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall reopened Since it opened in 1954, this year marks the 65th anniversary of the year.
The Music Hall, the first public music hall in Japan that was opened in the 9th year after the war, and the library attached to it were, so to speak, symbols of postwar reconstruction.
Designed by Kunio Maekawa, the founder of modernist architecture learned from Le Corbusier.
About 10 minutes from Sakuragicho station to climb a steep slope. The horizontally long rectangular low-rise building made of glass and concrete that sits in the back of the parking lot gives a refreshing impression without any excessive decoration.
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From the entrance to the left, you can feel the great openness of the all-glass lobby.
Unlike the appearance, the inside of the hall is made of wood, as it is called "wooden hall".
The seating area is sloped, and it is nice to hear the music as well as the musicians playing on the stage, so I can concentrate on listening.
The "wooden hall" is back! Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall reopened

The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno, Tokyo is located in a music hall also designed by Maekawa.
This is also a sacred place for opera and ballet fans.
I feel that the impression of the hall is important when visiting the concert.
I feel that I'm a little better than usual because of the good music.
The "wooden hall" is back! Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall reopened

First of all, the sound, experience building and exploration at "Open Theater 2019 Music Hall" held on June 1 of the opening day! Let's participate in
Together with events such as concerts and architectural mini-courses, this is a fun project that allows you to peek behind the scenes and under the floor that you would not normally enter. You're working hard.
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And this season's program announced along with the announcement of the reopening.
There was a wait!
From baroque operas to contemporary music, there are lots of plans.
For details, see the hall homepage>> , and here we will pick up the performances that are the focus of attention from my personal hobby.

First, "Shunsuke Sato and the Dutch Bach Society Orchestra" concert held in September

Shunsuke Sato, a super-orthodox violinist who has overwhelming support from music-loving sisters to noisy classical maniac fathers (it may sound like an exaggeration, but it's true). He has a great reputation among contemporary composers, and last year he became the sixth music director of the Bach Society of the Netherlands, which can be said to be the home of Bach research.
This time, a performance with a hand soldier. Celebrate the achievements with Bach's investigation.
Must listen!

Next is November's "Arditti String Quartet x Kenta Kouji"
The "wooden hall" is back! Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall reopened A collaboration between Arditti, the strongest group of contemporary music specialists, and Kenta Koi, a dancer who has been active under the influence of the dance world master choreographer Kilian.
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Ardetti's specialty is to collaborate with dance, and expectations have been great this time because he has created a wonderful space in works such as John Cage before.
Contemporary music that is often thought to be bad music. It will be a stimulating experience from both auditory and visual perspectives, with a small performance that is good at musical expression.

And one more.
A performance in October entitled "500 Years After Leonardo da Vinci Solves the Mystery of Music" .
The "wooden hall" is back! Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall reopened

Renaissance master Da Vinci was also a musician!
Based on the hypothesis, or based on the materials, the ancient music ensemble Antonello, which Japan is proud of, uses the performance, song, and dance to solve the mystery.
This is a world that goes far beyond my imagination.
Alright, I have to try it!
The music and dances of the Renaissance period, older than Baroque, are hard to come by.
What do modern people think?

How is it, everyone?
To be honest, the program exceeded expectations.

In addition, from this season, a free shuttle bus will be operated from Sakuragi-cho at the concert sponsored by the concert hall according to the opening time.
It's a good idea to slowly climb the slope, but as long as the bus is happy.

Welcome home.
This was a word that should be conveyed to all staff involved in the music hall.
And another word.
Thank you so much for your wonderful performances!

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The Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall opened in 1954 as the first full-scale music hall in Japan as a public facility. The hall, which was designed to give the best sound effect, was modeled after the Royal Festival Hall in London, and was highly acclaimed as "the best sound of the Orient" at the time of its opening. I will. The walls of the hall are all made of wood, and its acoustic sound continues to impress people even 60 years after its opening. In 1998, the Ministry of Construction selected the “100 Best Public Buildings” as an excellent public facility rooted in the region, and in 1999, as an important cultural heritage of the 20th century, DOCOMOMO (modern Selected as "20 selections of modern movement architecture in Japan" by the international organization established to record and preserve the records of building and environment formation related to the movement.

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    It depends on the content of the performance. [Reception hours] 9:00 to 17:00 (Ticket window 13:00 to 17:00) [Closed] As a general rule, every Monday and year-end and New Year holidays (12/28-1/4)