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PACIFIC MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 July 16 (Sat) – August 4 (Tue), 2016

At PMF 2016, the 27th implementation since its founding by Leonard Bernstein, a wide variety of concerts will be presented revolving around those presented by the PMF Orchestra, featuring Maestro Valery Gergiev in his 2nd year as Artistic Director, and renowned Musical Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla John Axelrod as Principal Conductor. And continuing on from PMF 2015, both the Conducting and Vocal Academies will be implemented as part of comprehensive educational music festival fostering of young musicians at this.

Here is an outline of PMF 2016.

The Maestros

The Sixth PMF Artistic Director Valery Gergiev

Leading the PMF Orchestra in their main and final program featuring Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8, performed for the first time at PMF. In 2015, Gergiev’s performance at Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara was subsequently streamed online, reverberating across the globe. His PMF 2016 performance is not to be missed!

Appearing on:

<PMF Orchestra Concert Program C>

August 4(Thu)
Chitose Cultural Center
6(Sat)
Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
7(Sun)
Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage
8(Mon)
Hakodate Shimin Kaikan
9(Tue)
Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Mendelssohn:
Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90 “Italian”
Shostakovich:
Symphony No. 8 in c minor Op. 65

Principal Conductor John Axelrod

This protégé of Leonard Bernstein, known for his command of a wide range of repertoire and having conducted over 150 orchestras around the world, will now make his first appearance with PMF! Enjoy his conducting in 2 concert programs in the first half of the festival.

Appearing on:

<PMF Orchestra Concert Program A>

July 23 (Sat), 24 (Sun)
Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
Wagner:
'The Flying Dutchman' Overture
Debussy:
La Mer
Mahler:
Symphony No. 4 in G major

<PMF Orchestra Concert Program B>

July 30 (Sat), 31 (Sun)
Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
Beethoven:
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72b*
Mendelssohn:
Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 27*
Mussorgsky:
Night on Bald Mountain (original version)*
Brahms:
Symphony No. 4 in e minor Op. 98*

*Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Mussorgsky will be conducted by members of the Conducting Academy on July 31.

© D. Vass

Main Concert Schedule

*Dates, concert names, etc. are subject to change.

July

16 (Sat) PMF 2016 Opening Concert Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage
18 (Mon) PMF VIENNA String Quartet Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Small)
20 (Wed) PMF 2016 Link Up Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
20 (Wed) PMF BERLIN Concert Tomakomaishi Bunka Kaikan
20 (Wed) PMF VIENNA String Quartet Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Small)
22 (Fri) PMF BERLIN Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Small)
23 (Sat) PMF Orchestra Concert Program A Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
24 (Sun) PMF Orchestra Concert Program A Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
27 (Wed) Bernstein Legacy Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
29 (Fri) PMF AMERICA Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Small)
30 (Sat) PMF Orchestra Concert Program B Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
31 (Sun) PMF Orchestra Concert Program B Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

August

4 (Thu) PMF Orchestra Concert Program C Chitose Cultural Center
6 (Sat) PMF GALA Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
7 (Sun) Picnic Concert Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage
8 (Mon) PMF Orchestra Concert Program C Hakodate Shimin Kaikan
9 (Tue) PMF Orchestra Concert Program C Suntory Hall, Tokyo

Highlights

Bernstein Legacy Concert

A concert named in the spirit of passing Bernstein’s legacy on to future generations.

The Statue of Leonard Bernstein

PMF GALA Concert

The annual celebratory concert held on PMF’s final day at Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara. Enjoy a range of performances from chamber to orchestral music with the guidance of an MC in Part I, culminating in the audience singing along with the orchestra for the original PMF Song ~Jupiter~. Part II closes the GALA with Gergiev conducting the PMF Orchestra!

Three Academies

PMF’s own unique music education program is known as “the Academy.” Continuing on from last year, 3 Academies – Orchestra, Conducting, and Vocal – will be implemented at PMF 2016. Young musicians, mostly in their 20s and selected from across the globe through auditions held online will gather in Sapporo and spend a month studying together.

Orchestra AcademyNumber of participants: 90

Offering the type of experience necessary for becoming a professional orchestral player and based on rehearsals and performances of the 3 main concert programs, the Orchestra Academy also features chamber music performances, including various Outreach Concerts.

Conducting AcademyNumber of participants: 3

Instructed by Principal Conductor John Axelrod and based primarily on the 3 pieces making up the first half of PMF Orchestra Concert <Program B>, the Conducting Academy’s study culminates in performances with the orchestra.

Vocal AcademyNumber of participants: 4

Gabriella Tucci, legendary soprano known for her Italian bel canto (“beautiful song”) roles, will convey the essence of the bel canto style to the Vocal Academy, with performances at the GALA Concert and Picnic Concert.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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