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5/25 17:00~
5/26 13:00~

The 661st Subscription Concert 2024.May.25(Sat)17:00~
/ May.26(Sun)13:00~
Sapporo Concert Hall; Kitara

The 661st Subscription Concert
The 661st Subscription Concert
The 661st Subscription Concert
The 661st Subscription Concert
The 661st Subscription Concert
The 661st Subscription Concert


conductor / Michiyoshi INOUE

piano / Tomoki KITAMURA

Song List

TAKEMITSU The Dorian Horizon
XENAKIS Nomos gamma
RAVEL Boléro

【Single Tickets】will be on sale starting 10am on Thursday, February 22, 2024 (Sakkyo members from 10am on Tuesday, February 20)

【661th Subscription Concert】 Mo. Michiyoshi Inoue announced that he would retire in 2024, and this concert would be the very last with maestro. Inoue has being collaborating with dancers and worked on lighting effects during the concerts to bring the most effective direction on the stage. In this concert, he has chosen “Nomos gamma,” the work by Greek architect Xenakis, and is an extraordinary piece designating the orchestra to locate themselves around the conductor. The first half of the concert, he introduces two works by Takemitsu.
For this concert, we plan to have an intermission of 30 minutes.

【Lobby Concert】
♪Enjoy our Lobby Concert in Foyer before the concert (Lobby concert starts 30 minutes before the concert and its program is to be announced on the website together with ticket information on the day of the concert).

『2024-2025 New subscribers 』 from Tuesday, February 6

New appearance and premiered programs are listed up- which surely shows our enthusiasm for the 63rd year since foundation.

■New Subscribers are accepted from 10am on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

■How to apply

Apply via Lawson Tickets』[Seat is selectable](Japanese only (from Feb. 6~))
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※Appearing artists and program may change.

井上 道義 © Yuriko Takagi

Michiyoshi INOUE(conductor)

Born in Tokyo in 1946, Michiyoshi Inoue studied at Toho Gakuen School of Music under the late Hideo Saito. He came to international prominence after winning the 1971 Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition hosted by Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He made his Japanese debut in 1976 conducting a subscription concert of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. Inoue has since held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (1977 to 1982), Music Director of the New Japan Philharmonic (1983 to 1988), Music Director and 9th Chief Conductor of the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra (1990 to 1998), Music Director of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (2007 to 2018), Principal Conductor of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra (2014 to 2017) making a new era of each ensemble with his novel projects and ample musicality. He has conducted not only the major Japanese orchestras, but also prestigious orchestras all over the world including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra as well as Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. From 1999 to 2000, Inoue and the New Japan Philharmonic performed the integral set of Mahler symphonies, resulting in what was hailed as “the highest level of Mahler performances ever to be heard in Japan.” In 2007, he achieved great success in Tokyo both as the conductor and project leader of his Shostakovich symphony cycle concert series with five Russian and Japanese orchestras. Since this epochal event, the number of concerts programming Shostakovich has increased at a stretch in Japan, to which Inoue is said to be the most distinguished contributor. He fell seriously ill in April 2014 and returned to podium in October the same year. Inoue has been the uncompromising general director of unique, unconventional stage projects such as the new productions of Mozart “Le Nozze di Figaro: What The Gardener Saw” staged by Hideki Noda (2015 and 2020), Bernstein “Mass” staged by Inoue himself for the 55th Osaka International Festival (2017), Mozart “Don Giovanni” staged and choreographed by Kaiji Moriyama (2019) as well as the world premiere of Inoue’s autobiographic musical opera “A Way from Surrender” staged by himself (2023). Inoue has been awarded the International Music Prize / Crystal Prize from the Osaka Symphony Hall (1990), 9th Kenzo Nakajima Music Prize (1991), 6th Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Music Award’s Encouragement Prize for his performance of opera “Iris” (2009), Person of Cultural Merit from the Kyoto City and Omotenashi Prize from the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts known as Kigyo Mécénat Kyogikai for his performance at the Kyoto Brighton Hotel Relay Music Festival (2010), Akio Watanabe Music Foundation Special Award and TonenGeneral Music Award (2016), Osaka Prefecture Culture Prize, Osaka Cultural Festival Prize and Music Critic Club Award (2018), Arima Prize from the NHK Symphony Orchestra (2019) as well as 54th Suntory Music Award (2023). In 1998, the French government decorated him with the insignia “Chevalier” of the Order of Arts and Letters. Currently the Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Inoue has announced his plan to retire as conductor in December 2024.


Tomoki KITAMURA(piano)

Born in Aichi(Japan) in 1991, Tomoki Kitamura began playing piano at the age of three. Since he won the 1st prize(2nd prize was not awarded) and the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious Tokyo Music Competition at the age of 14, he started his career in Japan. Thereafter he has got prizes at important international piano competitions including Hamamatsu, Sydney and Leeds. In 2017 he won the 2nd prize at the international Telekom-Beethoven competition in Bonn. Today Tomoki Kitamura constantly appears in the prestigious concert halls in Germany and Japan, also in Italy, France, Spain and Hollands as a recital pianist, soloist of orchestra , chamber music player, and also as a fortepianist.. His 3 solo CDs received favorable reviews on the prestigious magazines in Japan. He has been learning Piano with Prof.Kei Itoh, Prof.Ewa Pobłocka and Prof.Rainer Becker. After graduation his Diplom with the distinction from Universität der Künste Berlin in 2017, he continues his study with a big interest in the researching historical interpretation and instruments with Prof.Jesper Christensen at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. (from

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Ticket Information

Ticket Sale From Thursday, February 22, 2024  Member Precedent Release : Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Ticket (SS)¥7,000 (S)¥6,000 (A)¥5,000 (B)¥4,500 (C)¥3,500 U25 (B,C) 1,500 yen
※For fiscal 2024, U25 applies to those who born in 1999 or younger.
※Smile Seat 2,000 yen (available only on the day of the concert/Smile Area in P Block)
※Preschoolers cannot attend this concert.
※Sakkyo members can purchase tickets with 500 yen discount (not available with Smile seats and U 25, and any other discount.)
※Seats can be selected at Lawson Ticket only from one day after, from the midnight of the ticket sale starting date.
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Organizer Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
Nominal Support Embassy of Greece in Japan, Greece Japan Year of Culture & Tourism 2024, Hokkaido, Hokkaido, City of Sapporo, Sapporo Board of Education
This concert is part of the 2024 Greece-Japan Year of Culture and Tourism events in Japan.
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