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It's summer! It's an orchestra festival!

夏だ! オーケストラの祭りだ!

Feel free to enjoy! Life with concerts
File.2 Festa Summer Muza KAWASAKI 2018
(Kozaburo Mori/Music writer)

Festival season is coming.
When you think of summer festivals, many people think of outdoor rock and pop concerts, but in fact, the classical music world also loves summer festivals.

Since the classical music season begins in the fall, a variety of events both large and small take advantage of the off-season.
Starting with the ``Salzburg Festival'' held in Mozart's birthplace, the ``Bayreuth Festival'' that Wagner himself founded, the ``BBC Proms'' which is usually popular among cool British people, and the scenic Swiss resort area. "Lucerne Music Festival" will be held.
In Japan, some people may think of the ``Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival'' (revised by Saito Kinen).

One thing that orchestra fans look forward to every year is the ``Festa Summer Muza KAWASAKI,'' which has been held since 2005.

Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall is famous for its excellent acoustics, which is praised by maestros around the world. You won't want to miss out on this luxurious music festival, where you can enjoy the sounds of major orchestras from the Tokyo metropolitan area on a daily basis.
What's more, the price is relatively low.

I personally picked three programs from the festival, which lasts for about three weeks.

First up was the opening concert of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, whose home ground is Muza Kawasaki.

《Knot & Tokyo Symphony Orchestra x JAZZ Superstars》
■July 21st (Sat) 15:00 start
https://www.kawasaki-sym-hall.jp/festa/calendar/detail.php?id=2282

Jonathan Knott, who currently serves as the music director of the orchestra, is Toshihide, who has performed as a guest with the world's top orchestras. Since he takes his own tact, this is a must-listen.

Moreover, the program is an aggressive Gershwin featuring jazz pianist Junko Onishi. And, as I introduced in this column last time, Bernstein is getting excited about his 100th birthday. It feels like you'll be swept up in a frenzy right from the opening.

The second is a program by the Kanagawa Philharmonic to listen to French composer Saint-Saëns.

《Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra
Exquisite French II ~ Genius Saint-Saëns》
■August 3rd (Friday) 19:00 start
*Doors open at 15:00 / Public rehearsal from 15:30
https://www.kawasaki-sym-hall.jp/festa/calendar/detail.php?id=2277


Symphony No. 3, ``With Organ,'' creates a thrilling sensuality through the fusion of the hall's symbol, the pipe organ, and orchestral music.
Please get drunk.

And the violin concerto performed by Mayuko Kamio, winner of the 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition.
Please fall in love with it.
©Shion Isaka

Thirdly, we are pushing Masaaki Suzuki's recital because we want people to surrender to the majestic sound of the pipe organ without an orchestra.
This is a concert of all Bach's works, including ``Toccata and Fugue in D minor,'' which anyone can hear when they hum ``Charala''.

《Masaaki Suzuki Pipe Organ Recital
Midsummer Bach III》
■August 11th (Sat/Holiday) 18:00 start
*Doors open at 17:00 / Lobby concert from 17:20
https://www.kawasaki-sym-hall.jp/festa/calendar/detail.php?id=2290

©Marco Borgrve

Mr. Suzuki is a world-renowned Bach performer and researcher who has won numerous awards. The spirit of Bach radiated from the organ, which has 5,248 pipes, will resonate in the hearts of those who listen to it as sound = vibration.

Wow, festivals are really great.

《Festa Summer Muza KAWASAKI 2018》
Date: July 21st (Sat) - August 12th (Sun), 2018
Venue: Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, Showa University of Music Teatro Giglio Showa
*See below for details
http://www.yaf.or.jp/mmh/recommend/2018/05/20-100.php

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