“Little Landscapes of Hiroshima” for mixed chorus was first performed in concert by the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus under the conductorship of its composer Hikaru Hayashi in “August Festival: Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus with Hikaru Hayashi” in 1980, and the choir continued to relay the piece’s message from Tokyo to the world in concert for the next 32 years. Sadly, Hayashi passed away that year (2012) on January 5. This year’s “August Festival” will be a special concert centered on “Little Landscapes of Hiroshima”, in memory of Hayashi.
Conductor: Kazuki Yamada
Conductor/Piano: Rikuya Terashima
Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus
The Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, founded in 1956 by graduates of the Vocal Music Department of Tokyo University of the Arts, is Japan’s foremost independent professional choir. The chorus mainly performs in concerts, and pioneers and popularizes a wide range of singing pieces from different periods and genres. They hold more than 200 concerts annually in Japan and overseas. Since its inception, the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus has commissioned and premiered over 200 works. The chorus covers both classical and modern songs from all over the world. They recieved the Suntory Music Award and Kenzo Nakajima Music Award in 2007.
Dai-Ichi Seimei Hall, Chuo City, Tokyo