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Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Brass Ensemble performs at Randonnée Picnic 2018 in Matsumoto! 

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We are happy to announce that Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Brass Ensemble will be performing at outdoor event "Randonnée Picnic 2018 in Matsumoto"! Please drop by at OMF booth as well!

【Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Brass Ensemble Stage Performances】
June 2 (Sat) and June 3 (Sun) 15:00 - 15:30
Performed by: Lisa Mimura (Trumpet), Ken Yoshii (Trumpet), Haruna Horiguchi (Horn), Akari Minami (Trombone), Tsuyoshi Wakabayashi (Tuba)

5 young brass artists will perform popular brass numbers, Disney movie theme song and more. Please come and enjoy the performance with your family and kids.
Also at OMF booth, we will have "Brass Instruments Touch and Play" service. We will have some brass instruments for adult and kids, and brass artists will kindly teach you how to play them. Children are all welcome here.


Randonnée Picnic 2018 in Matsumoto (Japanese only)
Date: June 2 (Sat) - June 3 (Sun), 2018
Schedule: Day 1: 10:00-17:00 / Day 2: 10:00-16:00
Venue: Agata no Mori Koen Heiwa Hiroba (3-2102-4, Agata, Matsumoto, Nagano) MAP
Entrance: Free

Orchestra Concert Program C "OMF Gig" Program Announcement

We are happy to announce the Orchestra Concert Program C "OMF Gig" program details.

Welcoming Marcus Roberts Trio as a special guest, "OMF Gig" will present you an American & jazzy program featuring Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin numbers.
To celebrate Bernstein's 100th year anniversary, we will have his famous "Candide Overture" and "On the Town : 3 Dance Episodes". Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and "I Got Rhythm Variation" are also must to listen to. Saito Kinen Orchestra and Marcus Roberts Trio will bring you great up-beat numbers with fresh conductors, Diego Matheuz and Kensho Watanabe.


We look forward to welcoming you again in Matsumoto this summer.


Orchestra Concert Program C "OMF Gig"
Sep. 2 (Sun) 15:00
Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan)


Saito Kinen Orchestra
Conductor: Diego Matheuz (Gershwin)
Kensho Watanabe (Bernstein)
Special Guest: Marcus Roberts Trio
(Piano: Marcus Roberts, Bass: Rodney Jordan, Drums: Jason Marsalis)
Duration: 1 hour 45 min (with intermission)

Bernstein: Candide Overture
Bernstein: On the Town : 3 Dance Episodes
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Gershwin: I Got Rhythm Variation
and Trio performance by Marcus Roberts Trio (program will be announced on the day)


Ticket Price: S ¥18,000 A ¥15,000 B ¥12,000 C ¥7,000

2018OMF Official Leaflet out online!

2018OMF Official Leaflet is available on the OMF website for free download.
Details of each programs, message from OMF artistic director Seiji Ozawa, and Siato Kinen Orchestra member list (as of May, 2018) are available.
Please take a look at the leaflet at music/event halls in Kanto area, 2018OMF venues and Matsumoto City Tourist Information Center.

2018OMF Official Leaflet

Change of Conductor and Orchestra Programs Announcement

The conducting schedule of the Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa for 2018OMF Orchestra Programs has been revised due to lack of physical strength of the conductor. Seiji Ozawa initially scheduled for conducting Orchestra Program A, B and C on Aug. 26, 31 and Sep. 2, 2018, however, all programs and ticket prices are revised due to change of conductor.
Seiji Ozawa has been hospitalized due to being diagnosed with aortic stenosis in March. He is now out of the hospital and working hard to rehabilitate to regain physical strength and the muscles. The rehabilitation is going well, however, after giving a lot of consideration to the progress of recovery and the time remaining until summer, the conductor decided not to conduct at this year's festival. Although he will not conduct, he stays at Matsumoto as has happened in the past years, and attend rehearsals of each programs as OMF Artistic Director.

Diego Matheuz who conducted Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in 2011SKF, will conduct much-awaited Symphony No.5 at Orchestra Concert Program A. One of the highlights of the Program A is solo performances by 4 great members of Saito Kinen Orchestra (SKO) in Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante. Program B features popular french programs conducted by Ozawa's fellow disciples Kazuyoshi Akiyama. He had given a great help starting up of SKO. In Program C, OMF favorite Marcus Roberts Trio decided to come and play at Matsumoto on very short notice saying "for Seiji". They will present American and Jazzy programs with Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin as "OMF Gig".

Please see below for more program change details.
Due to this change, the ticket price of all Orchestra Cocncerts are below.
S ¥18,000 A ¥15,000 B ¥12,000 C ¥7,000

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause and look forward to welcoming you again in Matsumoto this summer.


Message from Seiji Ozawa

 Much to my regret, I am stepping down from conducting Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in Matsumoto this summer. I am deeply sorry to all who were looking forward to these concerts.
 I apologize for causing concern, but I have actually completed treatments, commenced rehabilitation, and am now feeling quite well. Unfortunately, it seems that it will take some more time for my stamina and muscular strength to properly recover. After discussions with my attending physician and family, I decided to entrust conducting duties to Diego and Akiyama this summer. Of course, I intend to be in Matsumoto in my capacity as festival director, attending rehearsals and concerts to create the festival together with my Saito Kinen Orchestra colleagues.
 As I faced this predicament, my long-time associate Marcus made plans to bring his trio, and arrangements were made to change the program. I am very grateful to the many people who assisted us in making it possible to hold the festival this year.
 This was an agonizing decision because I am always so excited about making music with my dear colleagues and delivering it to you all in Matsumoto every summer. However, I have a bad habit of pushing myself too hard, which ends up causing difficulties for everyone. I decided instead to focus on rehabilitation for now so that I can properly conduct again, participate in the festival, and see everyone in Matsumoto under the best possible conditions.

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Message from Akio Tsubota, Executive Officer of OMF Executive Committee

 In view of his physical condition, OMF Director Seiji Ozawa will be stepping down from conducting the orchestra programs in which he had originally been scheduled to appear. We would like to offer our sincerest apologies to any inconvenience caused to all those who had been looking forward to his performances.

 Although Seiji Ozawa will not be conducting, he is still scheduled to be in Matsumoto as OMF Artistic Director, and to participate in rehearsals for concerts throughout the festival. We wish him the speediest possible recovery and eagerly anticipate seeing his return to full health. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as our performers and staff work together to prepare a festival for your greatest enjoyment.

Akio Tsubota
Executive Officer of Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival Executive Committee

【Orchestra Concert Programs】

Orchestra Concert Program A
Aug. 26 (Sun) 15:00 Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan)

Saito Kinen Orchestra
Conductor: Diego Matheuz
Duration: About 2 hours (with intermission)

Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D major, Op. 25 “Classical
Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major, Hob. I: 105
Violin: Kyoko Takezawa Cello: Dai Miyata Oboe: Philippe Tondre Bassoon: Marc Goldberg
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op. 64

Orchestra Concert Program B
Aug. 31 (Fri) 19:00 Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan)

Saito Kinen Orchestra
Conductor: Kazuyoshi Akiyama
Duration: About 2 hours (with intermission)

Ibert: Ouverture de fête
Debussy: Prélude à L'après-midi d’un faune
Ravel: Boléro
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op. 78 “Organ

Orchestra Concert Program C "OMF Gig"
Sep. 2 (Sun) 15:00 Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan)

Saito Kinen Orchestra
Conductor: Diego Matheuz, Kensho Watanabe (Japan Debut)
Special Guest: Marcus Roberts Trio
Duration: TBA

With a great American Jazz gruop Marcus Roberts Trio who had played 5 times at Matsumoto, we will present jazzy numbers of Bernstein and Gershwin. Also, Japanese-American up and coming young conductor Kensho Watanabe will make his Japanese debut with Saito Kinen Orchestra. The program details will be announced shortly.

Please see here for Kensho Watanabe and Marcus Roberts Trio Profile


Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival Executive Committee
Phone: +81-(0)263-39-0001 (Weekday 8:30AM - 5:15PM)

2018OMF OMF Opera and Chamber Concerts Program Details!

We are happy to announce OMF Opera by Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra and Chamber Concerts program details.
The great Baritone Roberto de Candia, who excited the audience at this year's Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project XVI, comes back as hilarious Gianni Schicchi in Puccini's comic masterpiece "Gianni Schicchi". Anna Christy will join us as Lauretta and sing beautiful "O Mio Babbino".
Chamber Concerts will take place with distinguished programs. In Chamber Concert I, the Switzerland Academy will come to Matsumoto to perform a memorial concert in remembrance of Robert Mann, the great violinist and conductor, who had given us the wonderful performances at the festival. Chamber Concert II will feature French composers with Mari & Momo Kodama piano duo. Chamber Concert III is proud to present the best of the best performers. For more details, please see each program pages.