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20th Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival features Japan, opening on July 9 (Germany)
 The German state of Schleswig-Holstein is situated in the north of the country and is the gateway to Scandinavia. The Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) held in and around the state’s capital, Kiel, is a famous annual summer festival noted for the quality of its invited performers. The festival is directed by Rolf Bech, a famed chorus director who has become well known in Japan also over the last seven years, and in this commemorative 20th holding of the festival, the theme is Japan. The festival will run over a period of roughly two months from July 9 to August 28. Utilizing all kinds of facilities from concert halls, castles, churches and barns throughout the town, the festival will have a total of 158 performances (in venues with seating capacity of 154,500).
In addition to performances by many internationally renowned soloists and opera singers, this year’s festival will feature performances by top orchestras like the Dresden National Opera Orchestra and NDR Sinfonie Orchester. Also a specially assembled Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra will be directed by Christov Eschenbach, Christopher Hogwood, Kent Nagano and Yutaka Sado. (Some programs are also planned to tour Japan.)
The festival conducts a program of new contemporary music works in a joint project with North German Broadcasting Corporation (NDR). This time the focus is on Japan and the program will include the premiere of the Ichiro Nodaira opera Madorugarda based on and an idea by Toru Takemitsu, conducted by Kent Nagano. There will also be a German premiere of the Toshio Hosokawa opera Hanjo performed by the ensemble Music Fabrik led by Kazushi Ono.
Participating from Japan will be top musicians including violinists Midori Goto and Akiko Suwanai, the internationally renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida, the violist Nobuko Imai, the cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, the Bach Collegium Japan led by the organist and director Masaaki Suzuki. In addition to classical and contemporary music, there will also be performances of traditional Japanese music by musicians from the NHK Society for Japanese Traditional Music, the Karyobinga Shomyo Kenkyukai of the Shigon Buzan sect, the traditional folk song singer Fumie Yamamoto, the Matsumura-gumi Japanese drum group and the Japanese mouth organ sho performer Mayumi Miyata. There will also be Noh and Kyogen performances at Kiel Castle.
During the festival there will be daily broadcasts of the performances and reports on North German Broadcasting Corporation.
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