2018 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival - the Line-up Announcement

Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival Executive Committee is happy to announce the 2018 Season Opening Dates & the Line-up.
For details, please see the link below.

2018 Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival - the 2018 Seaon Line-up Annoucement

On the passing of Robert Mann - Statement from Seiji Ozawa (OMF Director) and the OMF Executive Committee

Robert Mann passed away at the night of January 1st, 2018, at his home in Manhattan, NY. He was 97.

The statement from Seiji Ozawa (OMF Director)

I am extremely moved and very sad to hear about the loss of Robert Mann.
Bobby taught us about quartet and its importance in music. He was the one who created the chance for the beginning of what today is the International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, the Seiji Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy in Switzerland, he created beautiful music with us at the Saito Kinen Festival. I am deeply grateful for all this.

He was a wonderful friend.
It's very sad to know he is no longer with us.


The statement from OMF Executive Committee

Robert Mann, a founding member of the Juillird String Quartet, which was formed in 1946, had been the first violinist for more than five decades. In 1993, he appeared at the Saito Kinen Festival for the first time as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet. In 1998, he returned to the festival with his wife, Lucy Rowan, for the performance of “WORD and MUSIC”, in which Robert Mann played violin and Lucy Rowan narrated. Since then he collaborated with the Saito Kinen Orchestra members many times for chamber music concerts, playing string quartet and piano quintet. His concerts at the Harmony Hall, Matsumoto became an annual event for the festival and attracted a large audience. He also conducted the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra, and his involvement with the festival continued until the “Robert Mann Special Concert” in 2010, celebrating his 90th birthday.

In addition, he devoted his energy for educating young musicians every summer at the Chamber Music Study Group for Young People for teaching and conducting string orchestra as a part of the Saito Kinen Festival, and this study group has been developed as the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, which is still going on.

He has brought enourmous influence into Matsumoto and Japan through his music and fantastic string quartet.
We express our sincere gratitude. May he rest in peace.

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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.
Ticket Refund Direct Dial
: 026-227-1517 (10:00 - 18:00/No holidays)
Open: Aug 31 (Thur) - Sep 13 (Wed)

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

(2) Purchase on internet via pre-guide
【LAWSON Ticket】
・Those who purchased the ticket(s) at LAWSON / Ministop stores, please go to the store you received tickets from and file for refund procedure on Loppi. Please bring your ticket(s) to the store.
・Those who received the ticket(s) by post, please go through refund procedure on Loppi at your nearby LAWSON store. Please bring your ticket(s) with you to the store.
*Please note that shipping fee are not refundable.
*For more information and how to use Loppi, please check LAWSON ticket website below (Japanese only).

LAWSON Ticket 0570-000-777 (Operator 10:00 - 20:00) 

【Ticket PIA】
・Those who hold the ticket(s) on theirown, please go through refund procedure at the following stores: PIA shop or any convenience store(s) you purchased the ticket(s). Please bring your ticket(s) to the shop.
・Those who received ticket(s) by post, please send your ticket(s) with necessary information to Ticket PIA Mail Center during Ticket Refund Period by either "Registerd Mail (Kan-i Kakitome)", "Delivery Service" or "Tokutei Kiroku Yubin". Three to four weeks after the Ticket Refund Period closed, Ticket PIA will refund the ticket(s) by "Yubin Furikae Haraidashi Shousho". Please note that ticket(s) fee/system fee/ Ticket PIA charge/ Tokubetsu Hanbai Riyoryo are all refundable. For more information, please click Ticket PIA website below (Japanese only).

Ticket PIA Information 0570-02-9111 (10:00 - 18:00)

・Those who received ticket(s) at Seven Eleven / Family Mart, please go to the shop you received ticket(s) and go through refund procedure. Please bring your ticket(s) to the store.
・Those who received ticket(s) by post, please send your ticket(s) with necessary information to e-Plus during Ticket Refund Period by register mail ( "Tokutei Kiroku Yubin"). For more information, please see e-Plus website below.

e-Plus 0570-06-9911 (10:00 - 18:00)


Ticket Refund Direct Dial: 026-227-1517 (10:00 - 18:00/No holidays)
Open: Aug 31 (Thur) - Sep 13 (Wed)
Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival Office 0263-39-0001

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