Spring Festival in Tokyo: Special Concert Berliner Philharmoniker in Tokyo 2020

Berliner Philharmoniker © Stefan Hoederath

World-class music and sports go hand in hand to welcome the Games next year.

The Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the most distinguished orchestras in the world, will hold a special concert performance in Tokyo from 24 to 27 June — just a month before the opening of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

These concerts are co-hosted by Tokyo 2020 and the Spring Festival in Tokyo Executive Committee and are aimed at bringing people together to celebrate the coming of the Olympics and Paralympics and to send out prayers from Tokyo for disaster restoration and world peace.

Entitled “Spring Festival in Tokyo Special Concert Berliner Philharmoniker in Tokyo 2020,”
the concert will be led by world-renowned Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel along with 400 musicians from 28 different countries, plus soloists and chorus of singers who will perform four concerts and three programmes especially for Tokyo 2020.

Berliner Philharmoniker General Manager Andrea Zietzschmann

Cellist / Member of the Media Board Olaf Maninger

“As one of our Games visions is ‘accepting one another, unity in diversity’, the Tokyo 2020 Games takes the importance of raising awareness of unity in diversity among citizens of the world seriously. So I believe this performance truly embodies the idea of that as performers gather all around the world,” Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said in a press conference on 22 November.

This unmissable event will be Berliner Philharmoniker’s first ever outdoor performance in Tokyo —­ which is something they have dreamed about for many years. It will also see their return to Tokyo Bunka Kaikan concert hall after an absence of 16 years.

Don’t forget to catch these performances:

Wednesday 24 June 2020 Programme A
Special Concert for Tokyo 2020
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Thursday 25 June 2020 Programme B
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Auferstehung”
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Friday 26 June 2020 Programme C
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125 “Choral”
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Saturday 27 June 2020 Programme C
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125 “Choral”
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel

Find out more: https://www.tokyo-harusai.com/bpo2020_en/(Open in a new window)

All programmes will be performed at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall. The Berliner Philharmoniker will also reprise their Programme C performance in Shinjuku Gyoen park, which will be one of the highlights of this event.

Free open-air concert in Shinjuku Gyoen (projected audience of 10,000)

In their first-ever open-air concert in Japan, Berliner Philharmoniker will give a free performance of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 (Programme C) for the people of Tokyo in 2020. The concert will also coincide with the 250th year anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, an icon of classical music.

“The ninth symphony has a strong message to unite multiple ethnics and I think it is quite natural that it was chosen for representing the event. We are looking forward to delivering the performance in cooperation with Tokyo 2020,” Berliner Philharmoniker's cellist and Member of the Media Board Olaf Maninger said.

This is a concert for everyone and is anticipated to attract an audience of 10,000, who will get a chance to enjoy world-class music in Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the most famous parks in Tokyo. There will be no age restrictions for those who want to attend this event.

An admission fee will be required to enter Shinjuku Gyoen.

Bringing together artists of diverse backgrounds from all different continents

Based in Germany, Berliner Philharmoniker is comprised of members from around the world and has special ties with Japan. The orchestra performed in 2011 in a charity benefit concert held for Japan after the devastating earthquake that struck the country the same year. Gustavo Dudamel is a leading figure in classical music. He will now lead the orchestra next year to set the tone for the celebration of the Olympics and Paralympics Tokyo 2020. Dudamel has played a big part in promoting the philosophy that music is borderless via El Sistema, a Venezuelan musical education.

A special musical experience in 2020

Next year will be a celebration of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but it will also mark 75 years since the end of WW11. People of diverse backgrounds will gather in Tokyo from all around the world and create an unprecedented musical experience.

Berliner Philharmoniker press conference


This performance will form part of the Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival’s co-hosted programmes held in collaboration between Tokyo 2020 and local governments and cultural/arts groups nationwide. TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL is an official cultural programme of the Tokyo 2020 Games and its co-hosted programmes aim to strongly display Japan’s proud culture and the power of the arts both inside and outside Japan.

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