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The 2013 Season

Fondly supported by the community since its inception, the festival is now entering its 22nd year and, retaining its original goal to create music of the highest world standards, is proud to deliver yet another refined program. This year's opera is a Ravel double bill directed by Laurent Pelly and co-produced with the Glyndebourne Festival. With Seiji Ozawa conducting L'enfant et les sortilèges and Stèphane Denève conducting L'heure espagnole, and featuring great singers including Isabel Leonard, a fantasy-filled comical world unravels on stage.

World-renowned conductor Kazushi Ono, who is returning for the second time since his appearance at the festival in 2004, leads the first two orchestra concerts. The 2013 festival will be brought to a finale by a concert featuring Junko Onishi, a jazz pianist highly regarded in both New York and Japan. This closing program will feature a first time collaboration between Junko Onishi and Seiji Ozawa, who will be conducting the Saito Kinen Orchestra.
Chamber music, in which we can discern the distilled essence of symphonic composition, will be presented at the newly renovated Harmony Hall in this year's "Chamber Concert series I-III", with masterworks spanning across three evenings. The first concert features the Michelangelo String Quartet led by Nobuko Imai, including a performance of Schubert's String Quintet in C minor with Sadao Harada. The second evening showcases veteran members of the Saito Kinen Orchestra in a Mozart piano trio and Dvořák's piano quintet with Ichiro Nodaira on piano, and Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp. The third concert is a performance of brass and string ensembles, adding a rich variety to the series.
Teaching young musicians and introducing children to classical music is also an important project for the festival. In continuation from last year, the "Saito Kinen Chamber Music Study Group - Brass Ensemble" will take place along with a new project led by Junko Onishi, the "Saito Kinen Jazz Study Group - Piano Trio," in which the participants will present thier achievements in final recitals.
The Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra will perform eight performances of the "Concert for Children"; this year's program will be the fourth movement from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with chorus. "Opera for Young People: Hänsel und Gretel," a wonderful production, with the same youth orchestra and professional singers, will be presented four times for students.
While giving young musicians a chance to perform both in orchestra concerts and opera productions, these peformances also provide more opportunities for youth and adults to experience classical music.

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