The 8th Annual Courchevel International Music Academy in Kasama

Though last year’s events were cancelled due to the earthquake, 2012 sees a resumption of the tradition of classical music exchange between France’s Courchevel Academy and Ibaraki’s Kasama.

The organizers hope that this year’s events will help everyone to heal in the wake of the earthquake, and give renewed energy for recovery efforts. The events run for the five day period between March 16th and March 20th, and are as follows (Japanese website here):

Super Classical Concerts

A 120min full classical concert

Location: Kasama Kominkan Dai Hall

March 17th, 3pm – Super Classical Concert 1

Pascal Duvoyon & Murata Rikako, Piano Duo Recital

March 18th, 3pm – Super Classical Concert 2

Aoyagi Susumu, Piano Recital

An early peek at his Carnegie Hall performance program!

March 20th, 4pm – Grande Finale Concert

Taki Chiharu, Shinohara Yuna, Ogawa Kyoko, Toki Yuna, Ohno Yukari, Chiba Mizuki, Wakabayashi Akira, The Kasama Celebratory Orchestra (an orchestra featuring members of the NHK music club), and others

Cost: 1 performance = 1500yen (adult)/1000yen (elementary/junior high students)

Tickets can be purchased at the Kasama-shi Iinkai Shougai Gakushu-ka, Kasama Kominkan, Tomobe Kominkan, Iwama Kominkan. The Kominkan are closed on Mondays, the Gakushu-ka is closed on weekends.

Casual Classical Concerts

Relaxed, 45min concerts

Location: Kasama Kominkan Dai Hall

March 20th, 1pm

Taki Chiharu, Violin Mini-Recital

March 20th, 2:30pm

Wakabayashi Akira, Piano Mini-Recital

Cost: 500yen per performance

Tickets can be purchased at the Kasama-shi Iinkai Shougai Gakushu-ka, Kasama Kominkan, Tomobe Kominkan, Iwama Kominkan. The Kominkan are closed on Mondays, the Gakushu-ka is closed on weekends.

Music Seminar and Mini-Concert

March 16th, 6pm

Location: Tomobe Kominkan Hall

Free

–          Music Seminar

Presenter: Umezu Tokihiko

Theme: A Moderate Voice, Music and Healing

–          Mini-Concert

Performer: Teresawa Nozomi (violin), and others

Music Courses

An easy to understand discussion of the history of music by Professor Nishihara. This time he will be discussing Schuman and Liszt, as performed by Aoyanagi Susumu.

March 18th, 12:30pm

Location: Kasama Kominkan, Kaigi-shitsu (Meeting Room)

Presenter: Nishihara Minoru (Professor at Toho Gakuen School of Music)

Free

–          Theme

The two revolutionaries of the Romantic movement, Schuman and Liszt

As part of the piano recital program of Aoyanagi Susumu

Workshop for Piano Teachers

Though this is another yearly workshop for piano teachers, the public is welcome to participate. The Academy’s finest famous Japanese piano teachers will gather and talk about education, skills, and explications. Questions welcome!

March 18th, 5:30pm

Location: Kasama Kominkan Dai Hall

Presenter: Okamoto Michiko, Wakabayashi Akira, Aoyanagi Susumu

MC: Nishihara Minoru

Free

Street-Corner Concert

Free concerts for music lovers inside the city.

March 14th, 7pm – Shimin Center Iwama (Iwama Kominkan Hall)

March 15th, 7pm – Parks Garden Place Chapel

March 17th, 12pm – Kasama Shopping Center Porepore

Mini-Lessons

Short, mini-lessons aimed at elementary and junior high school students (free of charge). A chance to experience Courchevel’s lessons directly.

March 17th, 9-11:30am – Violin, Kasama Kominkan Dai Hall/Music Room

March 17th, 6-8:30pm – Piano, Kasama Kominkan Dai Hall

March 19th, 5-:30pm – Piano, Kasama Kominkan Dai Hall

*lessons are 20 minutes per person, contact the Gakushu-ka for details at 0296-77-1101 (Japanese)

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