PMF 2020

July 10 - August 3
Highlights

Main Concert Schedule

PMF2020
July 10 - August 3 Highlights

Main Concert Schedule *Details subject to change.

July

10 (Fri) PMF 2020 Opening Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
11 (Sat) PMF BERLIN Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
12 (Sun) PMF VIENNA Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
14 (Tue) PMF Link Up Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
14 (Tue) PMF BERLIN Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
18 (Sat) Picnic Concert Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage
19 (Sun) PMF Orchestra Concert [Program A] Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
21 (Tue) PMF Ensemble Concert in Ebetsu Ebetsu-shi Epoa Hall
22 (Wed) PMF Ensemble Concert in Naie Naiecho Bunka Hall "Concerto Hall"
23 (Thu) PMF Host City Orchestra Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
24 (Fri) PMF Orchestra Concert in Hakodate Hakodate Shimin Kaikan
25 (Sat) PMF Orchestra Concert [Program B] Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
26 (Sun) PMF AMERICA Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara Small Hall
31 (Fri) Don Giovanni Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru

August

1 (Sat) PMF GALA Concert Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara
2 (Sun) Don Giovanni Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru
3 (Mon) PMF Orchestra Concert in Tomakomai Tomakomai Shimin Kaikan
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PMF × Mariinsky Opera
Don Giovanni

PMF2020
July 10 - August 3 Highlights

PMF × Mariinsky Opera

Don Giovanni

Date

July 31 (Fri) Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru
August 3 (Mon) Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru

Program

Mozart: Don Giovanni
in 2 acts Performed in Italian, with Japanese subtitles

In Maestro Gergiev's 6th and final year as PMF Artistic Director, at long last, for the first time in the festival's history, PMF will take on a full-production opera! The PMF Orchestra will perform with the Mariinsky Theatre production, all coming together under Gergiev's baton to present Mozart's operatic masterwork Don Giovanni! Performances will take place at Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru, which opened in 2018 and has already firmly established itself as a cultural hub in Hokkaido. This program will take center place in the closing days of PMF 2020, not only for audiences, but for the Academy as well - it's certain to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all!

Valery Gergiev ©Marco Borggreve
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The dramatic craft of Alexander Vedernikov

PMF2020
July 10 - August 3 Highlights

PMF 2013

The dramatic craft of Alexander Vedernikov

PMF Orchestra Concert [Program A]

Date

July 18 (Sat) Picnic Concert
(Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage)
July 19 (Sun) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

Program

Takemitsu: A Way a Lone II

Rossini: Bassoon Concerto*

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in e minor, Op. 27

Russian master-craftsman Alexander Vedernikov, increasingly in demand in Japan, makes his awaited return to PMF after 7 years. Steeped in music - especially opera - from his childhood on, he has gone on to become Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, among his other positions. His wealth of operatic experience will be on full display in this program, centering on the dramatically depicted expanses of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2!
Also, don't miss Rossini's Bassoon Concerto - a score rediscovered only in the modern era - with its exquisite balance of poetry and virtuosity, featuring the Berlin Phil's Mor Biron as soloist!

Mor Biron
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A renowned maestro &
the heart of the
German symphonic tradition ©Felix Broede

PMF2020
July 10 - August 3 Highlights

©Felix Broede

A renowned maestro &
the heart of the German symphonic tradition

PMF Orchestra Concert [Program B]

Date

July 24 (Fri) PMF Orchestra Concert in Hakodate
(Hakodate Citizen Hall)
July 25 (Sat) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

Program

Wagner: Prelude to Act I of "Lohengrin"

R. Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Marek Janowski, renowned maestro of the great German tradition, makes his first appearance at PMF, serving as Principal Conductor! Known for developing orchestras into world-class institutions, at PMF Janowski will present a program of beloved works by Wagner, Strauss, and Brahms - unfailing masterpieces representing the core of the late-Romantic German repertoire. Witness the growth of the PMF Orchestra under his instruction - how high can they climb?

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Gergiev conducts Beethoven

PMF2020
July 10 - August 3 Highlights

Gergiev conducts Beethoven

PMF Orchestra Concert [Program C]

Date

August 1 (Sat) PMF GALA Concert
(Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara)
August 3 (Mon) Tomakomai Shimin Kaikan

Program

Mozart: "Don Giovanni" Overture

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58*

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte (for orchestra)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60**

The focus of this final program is on the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth - a fitting, meaningful finale for PMF 2020. Soloist Mao Fujita garnered the attention of the world in June of 2019 when, at just 20 years old, he won 2nd Place in the International Tchaikovsky Competition - considered one of the top 3 competitions in the world. Fujita will perform Beethoven's deeply Romantic Piano Concerto No. 4 before the orchestra takes the forefront in Beethoven's middle-period masterpiece Symphony No. 4! This final program with Maestro Gergiev and the PMF Orchestra is not to be missed!

Mao Fujita ©EIICHI IKEDA
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PMF artists & Hokkaido's beloved
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra

PMF2020
July 10 - August 3 Highlights

PMF artists & Hokkaido's beloved Sapporo Symphony Orchestra

PMF Host City Orchestra Concert

Date

July 23 (Thu) Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara

Program

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major*

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64

Once again we present the popular collaboration between PMF-participating artists and Hokkaido's beloved professional orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra! Led by conductor Christian Knapp, 4 members of PMF AMERICA - principal players from major US orchestras - will perform as soloists in Haydn's exuberant Sinfonia Concertante, and the program's second half brings the Sapporo Symphony's powerful sound to the forefront in Tchaikovsky's iconic Symphony No. 5!

Christian Knapp ©zaydullin
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