Concert "Japanese-Polish impressions. Takasaki & Poznań"

The City Development and Foreign Relations Department of the Poznań City Hall, Music Theatre, Chamber Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the Japan-Poland Exchange Centre along with partners would like to invite you to attend the Japanese-Polish flagship event of the concert fall in Poznań - the joint performance of the choirs from Poznań and the Japanese city of Takasaki! This concert is a music gift from both choirs to the residents of Poznań and the Wielkopolska Region on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of restoration of independence by Poland and the next year's celebration of 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and Poland. The concert is also a result of informal contact established between Takasaki and Poznań in 2016.



Takasaki Daiku Choir from Japan 

(Beethoven's Symphony No 9 Chorus Group of Takasaki)

conducted by Yoko Akabane

and the Chamber Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

conducted by prof. zw. dr hab. Krzysztof Szydzisz

8 October 2018 at 19:00 

Aula Nova, plac Stefana Stuligrosza 1

On 8 October 2018 at 19:00 at Aula Nova in Poznań, a concert will be held, performed by the Chamber Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University and the nearly 100-member Takasaki Daiku Choir from Japan. The full name of the Japanese choir is Beethoven's Symphony No 9 Chorus Group of Takasaki; as the choir specialises in performing the famous Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. The concert will be introduced by Mateusz Frąckowiak from the Music Theatre in Poznań. 

The Japanese city of Takasaki, located in the central part of the Honshu island in the Gunma province, at a distance of about an hour ride by train from Tokyo, has about 300 thousand residents. It is an industrial, commercial centre, a transportation hub, and also an academic and cultural centre. Ever since its existence, i.e. since 1974, the Takasaki Daiku Choir has been performing the Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven jointly with the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, which is based in Takasaki. The repertoire of the Choir also includes traditional Japanese songs, opera and operetta works. Takasaki Daiku Choir received the Gunma Award in 2008. 

The Chamber Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, established in 1992, performs music from all eras; both a cappella works and vocal and instrumental works. The choir sings in a dozen or so languages, and it relentlessly continues to promote Polish music. It won the Grand Prix award at the Legnica Cantat National Choir Torunament twice, it also holds awards from other choir contests. The Choir is conducted by prof. zw. dr hab. Krzysztof Szydzisz.

The Takasaki Daiku Choir will perform: 

Traditional songs from Japan:

- Shimauta (4 minutes) - music and lyrics Kazufumi MIYAZAWA, arr. Tsubasa NISHIMURA

- Akatombo (3 minutes) - music Kosaku YAMADA, lyrics Rofu MIKI, arr. Yasuro KASAI

- Soran-bushi (3 minutes) - music Osamu SHIMIZU

- Yagi-bushi (4 minutes) - arr. Masaya ISHIWAKA

Chamber Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University will perform: 

- Bartłomiej Pękiel (+1670) - II Missa senza le cerimonie (a 8 voci) con basso continuo. Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei (8.5 minutes) 

- J. Ogrodniczak, Brygida Sawicka - Stępińska (arr.) - Czyje to koniki (4 minutes) 

- Marcin Wawruk (arr) - Leć głosie po rosie (2.5 minutes)

The Takasaki Daiku Choir will perform:

- Symphony No 9 - fragment (2 minutes) - Ludwig van Beethoven 

- Beer Barrel Polka (3 minutes) - music Jaromir Vejvoda, lyrics Lew Brown, arr. Tamotsu Yazawa

 - Halleluya Chorus (3 minutes) - Georg Friedrich Händel

Joint performance of 3 works: 

- W. A. Mozart, Ave Verum Corpus - conductor: prof. K. Szydzisz, organ dr M. Bolewski

- S. Sasakura, Sakura, sakura (Japanese song)- conductor: Yoko Akabane

- H. Kobayashi, Szła dzieweczka - conductor: Yoko Akabane

Free tickets may be obtained from:

Ticket Office of the Music Theatre in Poznań, ul. Niezłomnych 1e,

City Information Office, ul. Ratajczaka 44 (PLEASE NOTE! Temporary entrance to CIO is located between the Posnania Office and the Elite patisserie - the western façade of the building)

We are looking forward to seeing you at the concert!

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