On January 17, 1995, the Hanshin and Awaji region, in which the city of
Kobe (pop. 1.5 million) is located, was hit by a great earthquake. The
Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake claimed the lives of over 6,400 people and
caused serious economic damage estimated at 9,926.8 billion yen. But even
while experiencing difficulty accessing just the bare necessities, residents
in the stricken region renewed their awareness of the special role that
cultural and artistic events had played in their lives.
Now a decade later, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center has opened as a symbol
of the psychological and cultural rebirth of the region. The Center will
be a new hub of artistic and cultural activities, with its three state-of-the-art
halls-the Grand Hall (2,001 seats), the Theater (800 seats), and the Recital
Hall (417 seats)-capable of accommodating concerts, operas, ballets, plays
and various other performing arts events. The internationally known conductor
Yutaka Sado serve as the Artistic Director and the Artistic Advisor, respectively.
Concurrently with the opening of the Center, the Hyogo Performing Arts
Center Orchestra, an ensemble of young, brilliant professional musicians
selected by Mr. Sado through competitive worldwide auditions, was established.
His intent is to create an international orchestra with the “freshest”
talents in the world.
By organizing various programs, offering its facilities to the public,
and presenting a wide range of cultural activities, the Hyogo Performing
Arts Center aspires to expand the network of artistic interactions and
creative activities within Japan and throughout the world.
||The logo of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center represents “Rebirth,” “Liveliness,”
and “Creativity.” The design, which can be viewed from any angle, embodies
the hope that the Center will serve as a venue for community members to
enjoy interactions and communications and will make a comprehensive contribution
to the increased liveliness of the region and its residents through artistic
and cultural events.
|■Programs produced by the Artistic Director
|With Yutaka Sado, a world-famous conductor, as Artistic Director as Artistic
Advisor, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center is intended to serve as a community
center where creative activities are pursued in cooperation with local
residents. Mr. Sado, who is in charge of the musical events, will plan
and organize enjoyable concerts and familiar opera performances to provide people of all ages with opportunities to experience and interact
with all types of music. Under the leadership of Mr. Sado, the Center will
serve as an international hub of performing arts activities.
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|The Hyogo Performing Arts Center stages self-produced programs in a wide
variety of artistic genres. Specifically, the Grand Hall accommodates orchestral,
opera, and ballet performances by world-famous groups and “hot” Japanese
artists. The Theater stages plays, musicals, and traditional performing
arts, including plays produced jointly with other theaters and new operas
created by residents of Hyogo Prefecture. The Recital Hall is intended for recitals,
chamber music, jazz, and Asian music concerts, featuring leading international
artists and local performers.
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|■Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra
|Exclusively affiliated with the Center, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center
Orchestra performs concerts in the Grand Hall conducted by its Artistic
Director Yutaka Sado and other internationally acclaimed conductors and
featuring soloists. Regular concerts offer interesting repertoire,including
baroque,romantic,and contemporary music. Other special concerts feature
familiar pieces appealing to people of all ages. Recital Hall, performances include chamber
orchestra and chamber music concerts, featuring a broad repertoire with
various instrument combinations.In addition, the orchestra provides music
appreciation concerts to elementary and junior high school students in
Hyogo Prefecture, and conducts outreach activities outside of the Center
to interact with local residents, so that musical culture will take firm
root in the local communities.
|■Promotional and Educational Activities
|The Hyogo Performing Arts Center engages in promotional and educational
activities and aims to be the ideal venue for many people to appreciate
the value of the performing arts and to enjoy personal interactions through
cultural and artistic activities. For people who think concerts are too
formal and feel somewhat awkward about attending them, the Center regularly
provides one-hour “one-coin” concerts at the price of ¥500 and other low-price events to encourage more people
to enjoy music casually. To help audiences deepen their understanding of
specific musical pieces and artists, the Center also organizes talk sessions
and lectures combined with concerts, as well as workshops, back-stage tours,
and various other participatory programs.
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