The Summer Festival has been celebrating contemporary music since 1987. This year, The Producer Series will be programed by Toshiro Kido, an artist whose creativity blows a breath of life into traditional music through his new Gagaku pieces in classical musical instruments. As a stage manager at the National Theatre of Japan, Kido once commissioned “LIGHT: The Seven Days of the Week” by Karlheinz Stockhausen, premiered in 1977, which will be revived after 37 years. It will be performed in the Gagaku style, together with the same performance with an orchestra (Japan premiere), both choreographed specially for the event. It is unprecedented that two versions of the same piece are performed in succession. In tandem with the event, two Japanese composers will present their respective theatrical pieces newly commissioned.
Message from 20th Century
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Der JAHRESLAUF aus LICHT (Gagaku Version)
Music Director: Toshiro Kido
Co-Director: Toshiro Kido & Makoto Sato
Toshi Ichiyanagi: Still Time for Gagaku, World Premiere, commissioned by Suntory Foundation for Arts
Response in 21st Century
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Akt JAHRESLAUF vom DIENSTAG aus LICHT, Japanese Premiere (European Version)
Music Director: Kathinka Pasveer
Co-Director: Makoto Sato
Masahiro Miwa: 59049 Jahreszähler, World Premiere, commissioned by Suntory Foundation for Arts
Music Division, Suntory Foundation for Arts
The Suntory Foundation for Arts Music Division contributes to the development of western-style classical and contemporary music and the enhancement of the cultural heritage in Japan. It promotes music by Japanese through awards to individuals and groups of excellence in the field, as well as through publications and presentations of 20th-century music.
The Foundation is a successor of the Torii Music Foundation, which was inaugurated in 1969 as part of the 70th Suntory anniversary.
Suntory Foundation for Arts
P.O.Box 509, Ark Mori Bldg 22F, 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-6022
Suntory Hall Main Hall (Minato City, Tokyo)