2001
Pappano devoted himself without breaks at the rehearsal with the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music student orchestra, in the 3rd Argerich Music Festival in Beppu. The students were instantly charmed by the world of maestro Pappano with his deep emotion towards music. Maestro Pappano's whirling passion swept the audience and Pappano magic excited all those who were there. It was his first experience conducting a student orchestra. After the concert, Pappano said, "This Music Festival has become an evolutionary event for me." Maestro Pappano also performed with General Director Argerich and pianist Nelson Freire in the 3rd Music Festival.
Program: Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat major op.107
Poulenc: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra
Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D major op. 43
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor op.23
Paert: Cantus in Memoriam of Benjamin Britten



2003
Maestro Pappano participated in the 5th Music Festival, giving an enthusiastic performance of Beethoven's Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra and Berlioz's Symphony Fantastic. The 5th Music Festival was in trouble because General Director Argerich was late coming to Japan due to poor health. Without Argerich, Pappano kindly helped to search an alternative pianist, sharing the struggle with the organizers, and supported the Music Festival in overcoming this difficulty. Not to mention his excellent conducting, the staff of the Music Festival was much impressed by the warm consideration of maestro Pappano and his wife. His kind and sincere personality greatly attracted people. His Carmen's Overture gave pleasure to all who listened to it.
Program: Verdi: the Sicilian Vespers
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra op.56
Berlioz: Symphony Fantastic

2004
Despite his tight schedule, maestro Pappano visited Japan for the Beppu Argerich Music Festival, and performed with General Director Argerich. Mahler's Titan was a great challenge for the student orchestra. Pappano left his mark once again with an excellent performance in the Music Festival in 2004. Professors of the student orchestra's university expressed their deep impression, saying, "This experience will give guidance to the students and be a lifetime memory for them."
Program: Beethoven: Overture "Leonore" No. 3 op.72b
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor op.54
Symphony No.1 in D major "Titan"



2007
The 10th Anniversary Concert for Music Festival Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu
Antonio Pappano (conductor), Sayaka Shoji (violin), Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Fervent maestro Pappano gave an enthusiastic performance in Oita with a prominent orchestra from Italy, his parents' homeland. The night of the concert was filled with "Pappano sounds" and "Pappano cantabile." Cavalleria Rusticana, an encore, brought tears to the audience with its supreme cantabile. Bravo! Maestro!!
Program: Berlioz: Overture "Le carnival romain" op.9
Paganini: Violin Concerto No.1 in D major op.6
Respighi: Symphonic Poem "Fontane di Roma"
Respighi: Symphonic Poem "I pini de Roma"


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