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2021.4. 5

【Important】Change of the conductor for the 636th Subscription Concert scheduled for April 24 and 25.

【重要】4/24・25 第636回定期演奏会 指揮者変更について
【Important】Change of the conductor for the 636th Subscription Concert scheduled for April 24 and 25.

Our Chief Conductor, Mo. Matthias Bamert, was planning to conduct the 636th Subscription Concert scheduled on April 24, and 25, after taking COVID-19 vaccination for twice, and having accepted quarantine for 2 weeks after entering Japan on April 5. Sapporo Symphony Orchestra has been negotiating and discussing his entrance with various ministries and organizations, however, as of today, April 5, we could not receive an entry permit for Mo. Bamert.

We hereby regrettably announce that we have to decline having Mo. Matthias Bamert with us for April Subscription.

Mo. Kazuyoshi Akiyama will be conducting this concert. There is no change in program, date and time or venue.

The soloist of the program is Ms. Yu Kosugi, whom we have announced earlier.な


【636th Subscription Concert】

Date and Time: Saturday, April 24 from 5pm and Sunday, April 25 from 1pm

Venue : Sapporo Cultural Art Theater hitaru (alternative venue)

Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor and Yu Kosugi, piano

Program FAURÉ/Pelléas et Mélisande Suite

BARTÓK/Piano Concerto No. 3

Stravinsky/Symphony No. 1

※This concert will be carried out guidelines against COVID-19.

≪Prevention measures≫:



Kazuyoshi AKIYAMA, conductor

Born in 1941, Kazuyoshi Akiyama studied conducting under Hideo Saito at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. Akiyama has held prestigious posts such as Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra (1973-1978) and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (1972-1985). During this time, Akiyama’s reputation spread to Europe and throughout North America, where he has been invited to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and many others.
He is the recipient of numerous highly prestigious honors in Japan including the Person of Cultural Merit (2014) for his outstanding cultural contributions. Akiyama currently holds the title of Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; Honorary Conductor for Life of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Permanent Conductor and Music Director of the Chubu Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director and Special Professor of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and Visiting Professor of Kyoto City University of Arts.