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5/27 17:00~
5/28 13:00~

The 653rd Subscription Concert 2023.May.27(Sat)17:00~
/ May.28(Sun)13:00~
Sapporo Concert Hall; Kitara

The 653rd Subscription Concert
The 653rd Subscription Concert
The 653rd Subscription Concert
The 653rd Subscription Concert
The 653rd Subscription Concert
The 653rd Subscription Concert
The 653rd Subscription Concert
The 653rd Subscription Concert


conductor / Matthias Bamert

soprano / Yoko Yasui

baritone / Eijiro Kai

choir / Sapporo Symphony Chorus and other chorus groups

Song List

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Nocturne
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

【Important Notice】Change in appearing artist (soprano solo)

Ms. Tamayo Yoshida, who were to appear in the 653rd Subscription Concert scheduled on May 27 and 28 is unable to be with us.

Ms. Yoko Yasui will be with us instead, who had been with us in October 2022 Subscription, Mass in Time of War; Paukenmesse, conducted by Bamert.
There will be no change in the program or other artists appearing for this concert.
We thank you for your understandings.

Restart of Lobby Concert!
With appreciation to all the people that support us, orchestra members would again greet guests coming to the subscription concerts with Lobby Concert. The concert starts 30 minutes before the subscription begins and lasts for 10 minutes. Please enjoy various ensembles, and who are to appear, and program will be uploaded on our official website. Kindly follow staff guidance to keep the appropriate space between the players and guests, and among the guests.
The theme for the fiscal 2023 is “Night.”

Enjoy subscription concerts as one long program following a single theme.

※Appearing artists and program may change.

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【653rd Subscription Concert】
For the annual theme “Night,” Mo. Bamert has picked up Mendelssohn “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Overture and Nocturne. The universal theme of the human being enclosed in the works of Shakespeare may lead to “Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem) “which expresses anguish and joy of mankind. The text is derived from Luther Bible, assembled by Brahms himself and it focuses on the living unlike other Requiem Mass in the Roman Catholic. Mo. Bamert planned to present this work in 2020 and 2021, however had to decline, and will now be presented in the year of Brahms 190th anniversary of his birth.

マティアス・バーメルト(首席指揮者) © Y.Fujii

Matthias Bamert(conductor)

The Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert studied music in Darmstadt and Paris with Pierre Boulez and Stockhausen. He was principal oboist of the Salzburg Mozart Orchestra, then switched to conducting. Matthias Bamert's distinguished career began in North America as an apprentice to George Szell, later as Assistant Conductor to Leopold Stokowski and Resident Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. He was Music Director of the Swiss Radio Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra and Director of the Glasgow contemporary music festival Musica Nova. He then became famous for his creative programming as Director of the Lucerne Festival after which his responsibility moved to Music Director of the London Mozart Players. Matthias Bamert has also served as Principal Guest Conductor of New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Associate Guest Conductor of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Conductor of West Australian Symphony, and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. His appearance is so worldwide, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra. From April 2018 he holds a position of Chief Conductor of Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. Matthias Bamert has made over 80 CDs, many of which have won international prizes. In 2022, he recorded his first CD “The Waltz” with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.

安井 陽子

Yoko Yasui(soprano)

Yoko Yasui graduated of Toho Gakuen Collage and completed its post graduate course, after which she continued to study at Nikikai Opera Studio Masterclass, and then obtained the scholarship from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, further studied at Vienna National University. During her time in Vienna, she made her European debut, singing Ida in Henze’s Der junge Lord at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, followed by her performance of Queen of the Night of The Magic Flute at Musiktheater Vorarlberg, and Page and Rosalinde in Offenbach’s Blubeard in Bregenz Festival and St. Pölten Festival, which gained critical acclaims by music critics in Austria. Returning to Japan in 2008, Yasui made her debut performing Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, and her outstanding-colored phrasing and abundant musical expressions caught much attention. She continued to take parts, such as Marzelline in Fidelio at Nissei Theatre, Nanetta in Falstaff at New National Theatre, Waldvogel in Siegfried, and a soloist in Ballet Carmina Burana. In December 2022, she was selected to perform Night Queen in The Magic Flute at National Taichung Theater, which resulted in a huge success. In the area of symphonic works, Yasui was with number of major orchestras and renowned conductors, and appeared in Carmina Burana by Olff, Mahler Symphony No. 2 and No. 4, Brahms German Requiem. Her activities varied not only in the area of classics but also in minimal music, such as Symphonic Suite “Princess Mononoke” by Jo Hisaishi. She is a member of Niki-kai.

甲斐 栄次郎

Eijiro Kai(baritone)

Born in Fukuoka, 1974. Kai graduated from Tokyo College of Photography in 2002. His works take the viewer into the crowds of traditional fighting or sporting rituals all around the world that predate our modern concept of “sport”. By taking a close-up look at human interaction in these traditional settings, Kai’s photographs offer us an insight into the very essence of human life. He participated in group exhibitions at the Daegu Photo Biennale (South Korea, 2016), Taipei Photo (Taiwan, 2018), and the Noorderlicht International Photography Festival (Nederlands, 2019), and has held numerous solo exhibitions in Japan. He also presented two of his series—”Shrove Tuesday” (2013) and “Wounded Bears” (2016)—with Totem Pole Photo Gallery. Kai published his latest photo book “Down to the Bone" (Shinjuku Shobo) in March 2020. He won the 28th Society of Photography Award for “Wounded Bears” and “Down to the Bone” in 2016; the 20th Sagamihara photography Award for his book “Down to the Bone” in 2020; and the 45th Nobuo Ina Award for his exhibition “Down to the Bone” at Nikon Salon in 2021. (quoted from

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Ticket Information

Ticket Sale From Friday, February 24, 2023  Member Precedent Release : Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Ticket (SS)¥7,000 (S)¥6,000 (A)¥5,000 (B)¥4,500 (C)¥3,500
U25 (B,C) 1,500 yen
※U25 for fiscal 2023 will be for those who were born in 1998, or younger.
※Smile Tickets 2,000 yen(Limited sale on the day of the concert/ Within P Block)
※Preschoolers cannot attend this concert.
※Sakkyo Members can purchase single ticket with 500 yen discount. (Smile Tickets, U25 and any other discount cannot be combined.)
※You can select your seat number at Lawson Ticket only from 0:00 of the next day.
※There will be no extra spacing between each seat, however, in case of governmental orders or guidelines request such spacing, tickets may be sold out on an earlier date.
※Babysit service at Kitara is available upon request and reservation made by a day before the concert date (paid service). Contact Sapporo Sitter Service tel. 011-281-0511
【Door opens 40 minutes before the start of concert】

●The concert will be held taking prevention measures against COVID-19. Details of our action will be announced on our website.
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