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10/7 17:00~
10/8 13:00~

The 656th Subscription Concert 2023.October. 7(Sat)17:00~
/ October. 8(Sun)13:00~
Sapporo Concert Hall; Kitara

The 656th Subscription Concert
The 656th Subscription Concert
The 656th Subscription Concert
The 656th Subscription Concert
The 656th Subscription Concert
The 656th Subscription Concert


conductor / Heinz Holliger

soprano / Sarah Wegener

Song List

Philippe Racine Des Amours
Heinz Holliger Dämmerlicht-Fünf Haiku für Sopran und großes Orchester
Sándor Veress Threnos in memoriam Béla Bartók
Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

【Single Tickets】will be on sale from August 18, 10am (Sakkyo members- from Wednesday, August 16, 10am)

Subscription Concerts by Sapporo Symphony Orchestra present 8 programs, each program with 2 concerts (Saturday evening and/or Sunday afternoon) from April to March of the next year. Venue will be Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara.

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.

■Application for new subscribers: from Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 ~

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【656th Subscription Concert】
Mo. Holliger, the virtoso who continuously collects attention worldwide. The program for the 656th Subscription is somewhat Holliger reveals his love and loss, the very important feelings that we all possess. It starts with a work by Racine, the composer that Holliger focuses in recent years. Dämmerlicht-Fünf Haiku für Sopran und großes Orchester by Holliger is based on his five HAIKU, that he brought out while he was in a park near the Emperor’s Palace in Tokyo at the night of New Year’s Eve, with premonition of his mentor’s death, Veress, the composer, who exiled from Hungary to Switzerland. Following this is Veress’ work, composed under the shock of Veress’ Hungarian teacher’s death, Bartok. And the concert concludes with Bartok’s composition, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, commissioned by Sacher, a Swiss composer, who is also closely related to Holliger. This is the concert of autobiographical elements presenting works with composers all closely related to Holliger himself.

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Heinz Holliger(conductor)

Heinz Holliger is among the most versatile and most extraordinary musical personalities of our time. After taking first prizes in the international competitions in Genf and Munich, Mr. Holliger began an incomparable international career that has taken him to the great musical centers on five continents. Exploring both composition and performance, he has extended the technical possibilities of his instrument while deeply committing himself to contemporary music. Some of the most important composers of the present day have dedicated works to Mr. Holliger, who also advocates certain lesser-known works and composers. Recent North American performances include a tour with the Juilliard String Quartet with dates at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, San Francisco Performances, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pro Musica Society of Montreal, as well as chamber concerts at Da Camera of Houston and the 92nd Street Y. Heinz Holliger’s many honors and prizes include the Composer’s Prize from the Swiss Musician’s Association, the City of Copenhagen’s Léonie Sonning Prize for Music, Art Prize of the City of Basel, the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the City of Frankfurt’s Music Prize, the Abbiati Prize at the Venice Biennale, an honorary doctorate from the University of Zürich, and a Zürich Festival Prize, among others, as well as awards for recordings – the Diapason d’Or, Midem Classical Award, the Edison Award, the Grand Prix du Disque, and others. As a conductor, Heinz Holliger has worked for many years together with leading orchestras and ensembles worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonia Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden/Freiburg and Stuttgart, the WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra, the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lyon, and the Strasbourg Philharmonic, as well as his long standing collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In high demand as a composer, Heinz Holliger’s works are published exclusively by Schott Music International. His opera on Robert Walser’s “Schneewittchen” at the Zürich Opera House received great international attention. Other major works are the Scardanelli Cycle and the Violin Concerto. Heinz Holliger’s recordings as an oboist, conductor, and composer are available on Teldec, Philips and ECM. He is currently recording the works of Charles Koechlin in a series of releases for the SWR/Hänssler label. Of the five recordings currently released, a double CD with soprano Juliane Banse was awarded the Midem Classical 2006 Award and the 2006 Prize from Echo Classics. (from

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Sarah Wegener(soprano)

Sarah Wegener approaches every role with captivating intensity. She has enthralled listeners with the warmth and richness of her voice in performances such as Strauss’ Orchestral songs under Mariss Jansons and Vladimir Jurowski in Munich, London, and Hamburg, Mahler’s 8th Symphony under Kirill Petrenko in Bregenz, Eliahu Inbal in Hamburg, and Kent Nagano in Montreal, as well as in her War and Peace programme shaped around works by Handel and Purcell, which she also presented at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival. Her “marvellously radiant voice, as powerful as it is rich in colour” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) distinguishes her as a lieder singer of the highest order, as illustrated on her highly praised current CD Into the Deepest Sea. Her remarkable versatility has ensured long-standing collaborations with her musical partners, including the conductors Kent Nagano, Emilio Pomàrico, Peter Rundel, Tonu Kaljuste, Heinz Holliger, and Frieder Bernius. Concerts and recitals have taken her to the Salzburg Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Ruhrtriennale, and Handel Festival Halle, as well as the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tonhalle Zurich, Vienna Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie, Royal Festival Hall London, and the Bozar in Brussels. She has sung leading roles at the Royal Opera House in London, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Festwochen, Theater Bonn, Staatstheater Saarbrücken, and Tongyeong Festival in South Korea. Highly regarded as a performer of both classical and Romantic repertoire as well as contemporary compositions, Sarah Wegener recently sang Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri (Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Jérémie Rhorer), Dvořak’s Stabat Mater, and Haydn’s Sieben letzte Worte (Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Collegium Vocale Gent), Hans Werner Henze’s Floß der Medusa (Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cornelius Meister), Krzystof Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion (Orchestre symphonique de Montéal, Kent Nagano), Beethoven’s Missa solemnis (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze), as well as Schönberg’s Six Orchestral Songs in Saarbrücken. She has given the premiere of numerous works by Georg Friedrich Haas, including the opera Bluthaus, for which she was chosen as Singer of the Year in 2011 by Opernwelt magazine. The 2021/22 season begins for Sarah Wegener with recitals in Calw, Berlin, and at the International-Hugo-Wolf-Academy in Stuttgart. She will perform Mozart's Requiem in Lille before making her debut as Freia in Wagner's Rheingold, which will be performed in Cologne and Amsterdam with Concerto Köln under Kent Nagano. In January 2022, she can be heard in Hamburg at the fifth anniversary of the Elbphilharmonie with Jörg Widmann's Arche. Other upcoming engagements include concerts with the Vlaams Radiokoor in Belgium, Schubert evenings with the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France and Michael Hofstetter in Paris, and Beethoven's Missa solemnis with Sylvain Cambreling and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. She then returns to the role of Peri in Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, this time at the Cologne Philharmonie, and goes on to sing first soprano in Mahler's Symphony no. 8 with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä. Sarah Wegener’s discography includes recordings of Penderecki’s St Luke Passion, Korngold’s Die stumme Serenade, Schubert’s Lazarus and Mozart’s C minor Mass, Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle, as well as works by Heinz Holliger and György Kurtág. Into the Deepest Sea, her first lieder recording with the pianist Götz Payer, was released in November 2017 on CAvi-music. At the OPUS Klassik 2019 she was nominated as Singer of the Year for Jörg Widmann’s work, Labyrinth III, in which the composer dedicated the solo part to her. Her latest recording with Heinz Holliger, Zwiegespräche (EMC 2019), has been shortlisted for the Gramophone Classical Music Award 2020. Her most recent recording with Philippe Boesman's Trakl Lieder debuted in June 2021. In autumn 2021, her new Lied CD with Götz Payer will be released by CAvi, this time with a focus on Richard Strauss. Following her double bass studies, the British-German soprano studied singing with Prof. Jaeger-Böhm in Stuttgart and took part in masterclasses with Dame Gwyneth Jones and Renée Morloc. (from

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Ticket Information

Ticket Sale From Friday, August 18, 2023  Member Precedent Release : Wednesday, August 16, 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】

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