Seiji Ozawa’s Educational Activities featured in Japan Times on Sunday and Women’s Magazine “Kateigaho”

Seiji Ozawa’s more than thirty years involvement in educational activities which among others include “Concert for Children” and “Opera for Children” educational programs have been featured over 20 pages in the Women Fashion Magazine "Kateigaho" - (January Issue / On Sale as of Dec 1, 2017), alongside the exclusive interview with Seiji Ozawa. This Special Feature covers the 2017OMF Concert for Children and Opera for Children performances held by Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra in Matsumoto this summer.

Under the theme of Seiji Ozawa and a next generation, the origin of Ozawa’s educational activities - the Ozawa Concert at Yamanouchi Junior Highschool (Nagano Prefecture Yamanouchi town) alongside with the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy, Seiji Ozawa Music Academy and Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland have been introduced in the Time Out feature of the Japan Times on Sunday.This precious article covers also Ozawa’s personal encounter with the classical music and conducting. It is currently available online at the Japan Times on Sunday - Time Out. For full article, please see here.


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Program Cancellation Announcement - Mitsuko Uchida Recital -

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida who is scheduled for participating at 2017OMF has become unable to perform for Mitsuko Uchida Recital (Sep.4 (Mon), 2017) due to sudden injury of her lower back.
On Aug 15, during her stay in Salzburg, Ms Uchida accidentally fell and hit her lower back. She was advised by her doctor to take a rest for several days. Due to this, her flight to Japan has got postponed resulting in her withdrawal from the Recital.
Ms. Uchida will, however, come to Matsumoto to perform for the Orchestra Concert Program C (Sep. 8 (Fri) and 10 (Sun), 2017), as scheduled.

The guests who purchased the tickets for Mitsuko Uchida Recital will be refunded the full ticket price. Please refer to the below for further information.

We apologize for all the inconvenience this may cause.
We wholeheartedly thank you for your understanding and continuous support.

Concert: Mitsuko Uchida Recital
Date: Sep, 4 (Mon), 2017 19:00
Place: Kissei Bunka Hall, Matsumoto

Ticket Refund Period : 2017 September 4 (Mon) - December 31 (Sun)

(1) Purchase at windows (Matsumoto City General Gymnasium, Hokuto Culture Hall, Naganoken Ina Culture Center, Santomyuze, Shimosuwa General Culture Center, Kissei Bunka Hall, Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre, The Harmony Hall)

Those who purchased ticket(s) at tickets windows stated above, The OMF Executive Commitee will send directly "Furikomi Iraisho"(Transfer Request Form) by mail. Please fill in the form enclosed with your information (Name, Address, Phonenumber, Bank account information, Ticket(s) type and Seat Number(s)) and send it back with your ticket(s) to the OMF Executive Commitee by enclosed envelope.
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Open: Aug 31 (Thur) - Sep 13 (Wed)

*Furikomi Iraisho (Transfer Request Form) can be also downloaded here.

(2) Purchase on internet via pre-guide
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*Please note that shipping fee are not refundable.
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SKO & Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra Brass & Percussion Members, OMF Chorus to perform at GIANTS game in Matsumoto next week!

2017OMF Saito Kinen Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra Brass & Percussion members together with this year's OMF Chorus will perform national anthem at a Japanese professional baseball game Yomiuri GIANTS vs Chunichi DRAGONS held on Sep. 5 (Tue).

The game will be aired on CS channel NTV G+, internet streaming channel Giants Live Stream and radio channel Nippon Hoso (AM1242/FM93) .

Yomiuri GIANTS VS Chunichi DRAGONS
Venue: Matsumoto Baseball Feild 
Date: Sep. 5 (Tue) 18:00 (National Anthem Performance from 17:50)
Participating Members:
《SKO Brass Member》SKO Horn: Masayuki Naoi, Maro Abe 
《Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra Brass & Percussion Members》17 members 
《OMF Chorus》24 members

※For more about the Yomiuri Giants vs Chunichi DRAGONS baseball game, please see here.

2017OMF Special "Demae" Concert ≪Art meets Music≫ Ravel: "L'enfant et les sortilèges"

One of the 2017OMF Open Events "Special Demae Concert" will take place at Matsumoto City Museum of Art on Sep. 1 (Fri). The cast of 2017OMF Opera will perform selected songs from this year's OMF Opera by Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra Ravel: "L'enfant et les sortilèges". Entrance free of charge.
Please come and join us with your family and friends.

Date:    Sep 1 (Fri) 18:30 - (About 45 min performance)
      Door Open: 18:00 (After the Matsumoto City Museum of Art closed)
Venue:  Matsumoto City Museum of Art Entrance Hall
Program: Songs from OMF Opera by Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra Ravel: "L'enfant et les sortilèges"
Capacity: 80 pers ( *We will be distributing the numbered ticket for entry to the concert from 17:00)
Casts   Momoko Kanazawa (Child)
      Soya Sahara (Armchair)
      Makiko Ogura (Mother/Chinese Cup)
      Yuko Sato (Princess)
      Nana Ogawa (Fire)
      Yumeji Matsufuji (Cat/Squirrel)
      Mitsuhiro Nomura (Tomcat)
      Shingo Takabatake (Teapot/Frog)
      Hikaru Ito (Louis XV Chair)
      Mamie Matsuda (Shepherdess)
      Minori Takasugi (Shepherd)
Conductor Takuya Nemoto
Piano   Yuki Hoshina

2017OMF Festival Photo Exhibition at AEON Minami Matsumoto

Exhibitions of photographs from the 2016 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival taken by official photographers is now taking place at AEON Minami Matsumoto 1F Central Court. The photos are also exhibited at Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan) and the Hachijuni Bank Gallery. Entrance free.

2017OMF Festival Photo Exhibition
Date: Aug 28 (Mon) - Sep 2 (Sat)
Place: AEON Minami Matsumoto 1F Central Court.
*Entrance free. Open 9:00 - 22:00