Notice of Maestro Seiji Ozawa's cancellation of conducting and the change of the program of "Best of Best Series Vol.6 Chamber Orchestra Concert - Argerich Meets Beethoven," jointly produced by the Mito Chamber Orchestra and the Beppu Argerich Music Festival

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation toward Argerich Arts Foundation's activities.
Maestro Seiji Ozawa had been scheduled to conduct Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 (piano solo by Martha Argerich, President of Argerich Arts Foundation and General Director of Beppu Argerich Music Festival) in the second part of "Best of Best Series Vol.6 Chamber Orchestra Concert - Argerich Meets Beethoven," but he was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis on March 2. He cancelled the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy's opera project which was to be held in March and is now concentrating on undergoing treatment. We are sorry to tell you, but he will also cancel his conducting in the Best of Best Series Vol.6 Chamber Orchestra Concert - Argerich Meets Beethoven, and the Mito Chamber Orchestra 101st regular concert (May 20 & 22, sponsored by Mito Arts Foundation) as it is anticipated that it will take more time for him to recover his strength.
With this cancellation, we will change the program from Beethoven to Shostakovich: Concerto for piano, trumpet, and string orchestra in c minor op.35 (piano solo by Martha Argerich) without a conductor. For the trumpet solo which takes an important role in the piece, world-prominent trumpeter Mr. Sergei Nakariakov has changed his concert schedule in Europe to join us . (For his profile, please see the last part of this notice.)
Ticket prices will be changed as follows. Ticket reservation from overseas will be accepted between April 2 (Mon.) and 20 (Fri.) as initially planned.
*Sales in Japan (sold only in Japan) will start from April 1 (Sun.) as initially planned.
We are sorry for this sudden notice, but we would sincerely like to ask for your understanding of the situation.



New program
Jointly produced by the Mito Chamber Orchestra and the Beppu Argerich Music Festival
Best of Best Series Vol.6
Chamber Orchestra Concert - Argerich Meets Shostakovich
Reserved seats only. [GS: 16,000 S: 13,000 A: 10,000 B: 7,000 Youth: 3,000](yen) (Youth seats apply to 1st graders to those aged 22. Age confirmation required.)
[ Artists ] Martha Argerich (piano), Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet), Radek Baborák (conductor), Mito Chamber Orchestra
[ Program ]
Part 1
Radek Baborák(conductor), Mito Chamber Orchestra
A. Roussel: Petite suite op.39
C. Debussy: Prélude à L'après-midi d'un faune
D. Milhaud: Suite française op.248
Part 2
Martha Argerich (piano), Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet), Mito Chamber Orchestra
D. Shostakovich:
Concerto for piano, trumpet, and string orchestra in c minor op.35 (Piano Concerto No.1) without a conductor

Old program
Best of Best Series Vol.6
Chamber Orchestra Concert - Argerich Meets Beethoven
Reserved seats only. [GS: 28,000 S: 21,000 A: 15,000 B: 9,000 Youth: 5,000](yen)(Youth seats apply to 1st graders to those aged 22.)
[ Artists ] Martha Argerich (piano), Seiji Ozawa (conductor), Radek Baborák (conductor), Mito Chamber Orchestra
[ Program ] Part 1
Radek Baborák(conductor), Mito Chamber Orchestra
A. Roussel: Petite suite op.39
C. Debussy: Prélude à L'après-midi d'un faune
D. Milhaud: Suitefrançaise op.248
Part 2
Martha Argerich (piano), Seiji Ozawa (conductor), Mito Chamber Orchestra
L. v. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, op.19




Ticket sales for the Chamber Orchestra Concert on May 25 (Fri.)
Tickets are on sale at the Argerich Arts Foundation Secretariat.
Reservation period: April 2 (Mon.) to April 20 (Fri.) *Japan time



* The program and musicians in the Mito Chamber Orchestra 101st regular concerts on May 20 and 22 will be partly changed as well.
For details, contact the organizer.
Mito Arts Foundation TEL : 029-227-8118



[ Message from Kyoko Ito, General Producer of Beppu Argerich Music Festival ]

It is a great pity but Maestro Seiji Ozawa has cancelled his conducting in the Best of Best Series Vol.6 Chamber Orchestra Concert scheduled to be held on May 25 in order to concentrate on treatment to recover his strength. We, as the sponsor of the concert, are sorry for this and sincerely apologize to those who had been looking forward to the concert, thinking of their disappointment as we cannot meet their expectations.

Ms. Martha Argerich, General Director of the Music Festival, sent us a message, saying that she hopes for the recovery of Maestro Seiji Ozawa, a treasure of Japan, and would pray with you that she will be able to perform with him again in front of you.

The concert will be held as scheduled, though the program will be changed to Shostakovich Concerto for piano, trumpet, and string orchestra in c minor. For this piece only, accomplished trumpeter Mr. Sergei Nakariakov (currently residing in France) will kindly come to Japan, having changed his concert schedule in Europe to accept our sudden request.

I am sure the musicians and Mito Chamber Orchestra will do their best to present the best possible music to you.
I would like to extend my sincere apology to you and ask for your understanding.



[ Message from conductor Maestro Seiji Ozawa ]

I am very sorry I will not be able to conduct the Mito Chamber Orchestra in May. I myself was looking forward to performing with Martha in Mito and Oita this year again following last year, so it is a pity I am unable to conduct.
I decided it is best to focus on treatment at the moment to recover my strength so that I will be able to conduct in front of you again.
I cannot conduct, but Mr. Baborák, Martha, who accepted to perform without a conductor, the special guest trumpeter Mr. Nakariakov, and my longtime fellows the Mito Chamber Orchestra will make the concert. I am sure it will be an excellent concert.
I hope you understand the situation and enjoy the concert.



[ Profile of Mr. Sergei Nakariakov ]

A trumpeter born in Gorky in the former Soviet Union (currently Nizhny Novgorod) in 1977. As a world-prominent solo trumpeter, Sergei Nakariakov has been dedicated works by composers including Jörg Widmann. He studied the piano, but abandoned the instrument after a traffic accident and began studying the trumpet with his father. At the age of ten Nakariakov first performed with an orchestra, and in 1991 he performed at the Salzburg Festival. In the following year, Nakariakov performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and won the Davidov Special Prize, enjoying his reputation as a genius. His activities in Japan have been remarkable. He is well known for the themes of yearlong NHK dramas, such as Ten-Urara in 1998 and Yoshitsune in 2005. Nakariakov also appeared in a Japanese film titled Taiga-no-Itteki in 2001. He appeared in the Beppu Argerich Music Festival for the first time in April 2002 performing Shostakovich Piano Concerto with Martha Argerich, and since then he has been regularly invited to the festival. Currently Nakariakov resides in France. He plays on instruments by Antoine Courtois of France.


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