PMF Designated a Hokkaido Cultural Heritage
Bernstein’s vision, bearing fruit in Hokkaido’s natural beauty
A first at PMF!
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of PMF-founder Leonard Bernstein's birth. Many special projects honoring Bernstein are planned for PMF 2018, which takes place in July, but the first among them is scheduled to take place in February, at Sapporo's largest annual winter event; a Bernstein-themed snow sculpture titled "Pacific Music Festival -founded by Bernstein-" will appear at the Sapporo Snow Festival!
A stage will be built in front of the sculpture, on which various events will be held each day during the 8-day festival, starting with the announcement of the PMF 2018 Outline. Event-detail updates will be posted online!
The 69th Sapporo Snow Festival will be held from February 5 to 12!
The Sapporo Snow Festival has come to a close. Our sincere thanks to all who attended!
*At scale, these penguins are 100 centimeters (39 inches) tall - roughly the same height as a 4-year-old child.
Odori Nishi 5 Chome (east) Fureai Art Square, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Take the Tōzai Subway Line, the Nanboku Line, or the Tōhō Line, to Odori Station (Exit #2), walk 4 min.
*See this page for general information on snow-sculpture construction.
February 5 (Mon) 14:00-14:30
A fanfare will sound from the Bernstein Snow Sculpture stage! Timed to begin with the Sapporo Snow Festival, the curtain will open on the PMF 2018 season! The outline of this year's festival, which takes place in the 100th year since Bernstein's birth, will be announced along with concert highlights and more. And all who attend will receive a small, warm gift!
Four times a day from February 5 (Mon) to February 12 (Mon) at 17:15 / 18:00 / 19:00 / 20:00 [15 min each]
Learn of the desire for peace at the heart of Bernstein's founding of PMF and the path the festival has travelled ever since, with visuals and of course music, culminating in the performers and audience singing together in the PMF Song. Featuring young musicians active in Sapporo, including PMF alumni, along with vivid imagery projected onto the snow sculpture, this stage event is not to be missed!
Creation & Production: Nobuo Fukami
Sapporo Otani University Choir
Hokkaido University Male Chorus
Program to include: PMF Song -Jupiter- (Holst, arr. Karen Tanaka / lyrics by Shoichi Inoue)
February 10 (Sat) / 11 (Sun) / 12 (Mon) 14:30-15:00
A quiz event will also be held on each of the final 3 days of the Snow Festival, with questions relating to PMF and music in general. Up to 5 participants will be selected each day. Couples and families are welcome to participate together!