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2019.05.29

"Wooden Hall" is back! Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall reopened

神奈川県立音楽堂 
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Feel free to enjoy!   Living with a concert
File.6Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
Saburo Mori
(music writer)

Should I say go home?
Should I say you ’re tired?
I'm lost only because the other party is a building ...
Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall, a treasure of Kanagawa Prefecture, which has been renovated for about a year and has produced numerous legendary performances, will be reopened on June 1, 2019.

Wonderful architecture
Sounds called "Toyo Ichi no Hibiki" by famous performers
And above all, a colorful and attractive program
I really couldn't wait for a year. I wanted to meet!
Since it opened in 1954, this year is the 65th anniversary year.
The music hall, the first public music hall in Japan that was built in the 9th year after the war, and the library attached to it, were the symbols of post-war reconstruction.
Designed by Kunio Maekawa, the ancestor of modernism architecture, studied at Le Corbusier.
From Sakuragicho Station, it is about 10 minutes to climb a little steep hill. The horizontally long rectangular low-rise building made of glass and concrete nestling in the back of the parking lot gives a really refreshing impression without any excessive decoration.
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From the entrance to the left, a wonderfully open feeling in the fully glass-filled lobby.
Unlike the appearance, everything in the hall is wooden with a dignity, as it is called “wooden hall”.
The audience seats are sloped, and not only the sound is good, but also the musicians playing on the stage are very familiar and I am happy to be able to concentrate on listening.

Also in the music hall designed by Maekawa is the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno, Tokyo.
This is also a sacred place for opera and ballet fans.
I think that the impression of the hall is important when visiting the concert.
Coupled with good music, I feel that I am a little nicer than usual.

First of all, “Open theater 2019 music hall, sound, experience architecture, exploration on June 1 of the opening day! Let's participate.
Along with events such as concerts and mini-architectures, this is a fun project where you can peek into the backstage and under the floor, which you can't usually enter. I'm working hard.
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And this season's program announced with the reopening notice.
There was a waiting time!
From baroque opera to contemporary music, it is packed with carefully planned projects.
For details, see the hall website >> . Here, I will pick up the performances that I noticed from my personal hobby.

First of all, “Shunsuke Sato and Dutch Bach Society Orchestra” concert in September

From a music lover to a noisy classic enthusiast, a super authentic violinist, Shunsuke Sato (which may seem like an exaggeration, but it's really). He is enthusiastic from contemporary composers and was appointed last year as the 6th music director of the Dutch Bach Association, the home of Bach research.
This time, the performance will be led by a soldier. Celebrate your achievement with Bach.
Must listen!

Next up is November's Arditti String Quartet x Kenta Komine
A collaboration between Arditti, the strongest group of contemporary music specialists, and Kenta Ogura, a dancer who has been active under the dance choreographer Kirian.
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Collaborating with dance is what Arditti is good at, and this time, the expectation is high because we have created a wonderful space for John Cage works.
Modern music that is often thought of as muskashii. The performance of Kosuge, who is good at musical expression, will be an exciting experience from both auditory and visual perspectives.

And one more thing.
A performance in October entitled "500 years after death Leonardo da Vinci" .

Renaissance master Da Vinci was also a musician ?!
Based on the hypothesis or the source of materials, Japan's pride of ensemble Antonello solves the mystery using performances, songs and dances.
This is a world far beyond my imagination.
Okay, I have to try it!
Renaissance music and dance that is older than Baroque that you can't usually get along with.
What do modern people think?

How about everyone?
Honestly, a program that exceeds expectations.

In addition, from this season, concerts sponsored by the concert hall will be operated by a free shuttle bus from Sakuragicho in accordance with the opening hours.
Slowly climbing the hill is also a trick, but as long as the bus is nice.

Welcome home.
This was a word that should be communicated to all staff members working in the concert hall.
And one more word.
Thank you for the wonderful performances!

    Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall opened in 1954 as the first full-fledged music hall in Japan as a public facility. The hall, which was designed to give the best sound effects, modeled on the Royal Festival Hall in London, was highly acclaimed as “The Sound of Toyo” at the time of its opening. The The walls of the hall are all made of wood, and its acoustic sound continues to impress people even after 60 years since its opening. In 1998, it was selected by the Ministry of Construction as one of the “100 Best Public Architectures” as an excellent public facility rooted in the region. It was selected as one of “20 Modern Movement Architectures in Japan” by an international organization established for the purpose of surveying and preserving the records of building and environment related to the movement.

    • Address
      9-2 Koyogaoka, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
    • TEL
      045-263-2567
    • Business Hour
      It depends on the performance. [Reception hours] 9:00 to 17:00 (Ticket counter 13:00 to 17:00) [Closed days] As a general rule, every Monday and New Year (12/28 to 1/4)

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