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The 21st Tokyo Summer Festival opens on June 23
  This is a music festival started in 1985 by the Arion-Edo Foundation, an organization dedicated to the promotion of the music arts in Japan under the directorship of pianist Kyoko Edo. At its outset, the festival featured a different country each year, but from the tenth hold it was reorganized as a themed festival that transcended national and genre boundaries. The theme this year is “Cosmos, Music, and Heart” and the program seeks to explore expression of concepts of the cosmos seen in classical music, contemporary music, ethnic dance, ethnic music and other genre. The festival runs from June 23 to July 28.
In connection with the Year of “Deutschland in Japan 2005/2006” program, the festival has invited the pioneer of electronic music, Karlheinz Stockhausen, to Japan for the first time in 28 years. One of the highlights of the festival will be the opportunity to hear the artist himself interpret the composition of his work Licht = Bilder (Light = Images) the legendary opera series that take seven days and 29 hours to perform in its entirety. Stockhausen will do some of the operation himself. Other performances will include Yutaka Sado conducting the NHK Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Holst's The Planets, and a performance of the Noh play Takahime a representative work of postwar Noh based on translation of Yeats’ At the Hawk's Well, a work that was originally inspire by Japanese Noh theater. The play’s author, Mario Yokomichi will direct the play himself. There will also be performances of masked funerary ritual dances and music of the Dogon people of the West African nation of Mali base on the people’s creation myths. Symposiums are scheduled as well.

+ The 21st Tokyo Summer Festival