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“Wooden Hall” is back! Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall reopens

「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

Feel free to enjoy! Life with concerts
File.6 Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
Kozaburo Mori (music writer)

Should I tell you to go home?
Should I say thank you for your hard work?
I'm confused because the other person is a building, but...
After about a year of renovation work, the Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall, a music hall that has given birth to many legendary performances, will reopen on June 1, 2019.

amazing architecture
Acoustic that has been called "the best sound in the East" by famous musicians
Above all, a diverse and attractive program.
I've been really looking forward to it for a year. I missed you!
The museum opened in 1954, so this year marks its 65th anniversary.
Built nine years after the war, Japan's first public music hall, the Concert Hall, and its attached library were a symbol of postwar recovery.
It was designed by Kunio Maekawa, the founder of modernist architecture who studied under Le Corbusier.
It takes about 10 minutes to climb a slightly steep hill from Sakuragicho Station. The oblong, rectangular, low-rise building made of glass and concrete, nestled at the back of the parking lot, has a refreshing impression without any excessive decoration.

To the left of the entrance, the lobby is completely glass-enclosed and offers a wonderful sense of openness.
The inside of the hall is completely different from the exterior, as it is called the ``Wooden Hall,'' and everything is made of wood, giving it a dignified appearance.
The audience seats are sloped, which not only provides good acoustics, but also allows you to feel very close to the musicians playing on stage, so you can concentrate on listening.

Another music hall designed by Mr. Maekawa is the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno, Tokyo.
This is also a sacred place for fans of opera and ballet.
I really think that the impression of the hall is important when going to a concert.
Coupled with high-quality music, it makes you feel like you're just a little more beautiful than usual.

First of all, "Open Theater 2019 Sound, Experience Architecture, Exploration at Music Hall" will be held on June 1st, the opening day! ” Let's participate.
Along with events such as concerts and mini-architectural lectures, this is a fun project that allows you to peek behind the scenes and under the floorboards that are usually not accessible. You're putting in a lot of effort.

This season's program was announced along with the reopening announcement.
It was worth the wait!
It is full of carefully planned programs ranging from baroque opera to contemporary music.
For more information, please visit the hall's homepage >> , but here I will pick up performances that are noteworthy based on my personal hobbies.

First of all, the “Shunsuke Sato and the Netherlands Bach Society Orchestra” concert will be held in September.

Shunsuke Sato is an extremely serious violinist who has overwhelming support from everyone from music-loving older sisters to noisy classical music enthusiasts (this may seem like an exaggeration, but it's true). He is highly respected even by contemporary composers, and last year he was appointed as the sixth music director of the Dutch Bach Society, which is said to be the home of Bach research.
This time, he will be leading the hand soldiers in his debut performance. Celebrate your accomplishment with the music of Bach.
Must listen!

Next up is “Arditti String Quartet x Kenta Kojima” in November.
A collaboration between Arditti, the strongest group of contemporary music specialists, and Kenta Kojima, a dancer who has worked under the dance world's master choreographer Kilian.

Collaborating with dance is Arditti's forte, and having previously created wonderful spaces in works such as John Cage's, expectations are high for this one as well.
Contemporary music is often considered boring. It will be a stimulating experience both aurally and visually, with a performance by Kojima who excels in musical expression.

And one more thing.
The October performance was titled ``500 years after his death: Solving the mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci's music .''

Da Vinci, the master of the Renaissance, was also a musician!
Based on this hypothesis, or rather, the data, Antonello, an early music ensemble that Japan is proud of, will solve the mystery using performance, song, and dance.
This is a world far beyond my imagination as I write this.
Well, I have to try it out!
Music and dance from the Renaissance era, which is even older than Baroque, is something you don't often get to experience.
What do modern people think?

What do you think, everyone?
Honestly, the program exceeded my expectations.

Additionally, from this season onwards, for performances sponsored by Ongakudo, a free shuttle bus will be provided from Sakuragicho to coincide with the venue's opening time.
It's a good idea to slowly climb up the hill, but the bus is still a pleasure.

welcome back.
These words should be conveyed to all the staff involved in the music hall.
And one more word.
Thank you very much for the wonderful performance!

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