Jointly produced by Argerich Arts Foundation and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
commemorating the 20th anniversary of MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu

"MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Rome - for exchanges between Rome and Oita"

Objective: From Oita to Rome - what music ties together now
In 1551, when Francisco de Xavier visited Bungo (now Oita), Western music was brought to Japan.
People in Oita generously accepted the diversity of culture, which brought about and develop exchanges with people from foreign lands.
And now, 460 years since Japanese people performed Western instruments for the first time, Martha Argerich has grown rich flowers of music in Bungo, Zipangu (Japan).
Cultural diversity has been generously accepted, and exchanges with people from different countries have been brought about and developed.
We would like to communicate, upon the wings of music from Rome, the conviction that tolerance and solidarity will bring peace to the people.
Date & time : December 16 (Sun.), 2018 Doors open19:45, Concert starts: 20:30
Place : Auditorium Parco della Musica, Santa Cecilia Hall
Artists : Martha Argerich (piano), Antonio Pappano (piano), Mischa Maisky (cello), Kyoko Takezawa (violin), Yasushi Toyoshima (violin), soloists from L'Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Organizers : Argerich Arts Foundation & Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Program (planned) :
Shostakovich : Cello Sonata
Saint-Saëns : Le carnaval des animaux (chamber music version)
Heidrich: Happy Birthday Variations
Leclair : Sonata for two violins op.3-5 in e minor
Tickets will be on sale starting on September 13th (Thu), 2018.
@ Tickets : Stall 60euro, Circle 40euro, Balcony 30euro
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Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

The 20th anniversary of MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu
"MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Rome - for exchanges between Rome and Oita"

Message for the Concert in Rome
Kyoko Ito, General Producer, MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu

Oita (called "BUNGO" in old days) is the place where Japanese people performed classical music for the first time under the instruction of missionaries who came to Japan all the way from Europe approximately 460 years ago.
It was in 1994 that extraordinary pianist Martha Argerich landed on such a place Oita for the first time.
Everything might have happened when I met Martha in 1977 in Munich. After many years we planned a concert tour in Japan for the first time and one of the tour venues was here Oita. Through this connection, MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu was born here in the land of BUNGO as the world's first music festival with the name of Argerich.
Classical music that was born in Europe has been loved and affectionately fostered in Japan for many years. And now, connected with classical music and led by Martha Argerich, the 20th anniversary Music Festival will be held in Rome this year.
I am excited as if I untie a historical picture scroll containing magnificent romance.
It is meaningful for us to realize the concert in the current chaotic social situation. Because our predecessors generously accepted the different race, culture and religion, we can now enjoy wonderful classical music in Japan and many people can make their lives rich with music serving as emotional support and one of great joys.
With the world's top performance by Martha that fully expresses great benefit classical music has, I was able to advocate the role of art in society through music with confidence. As one of the specific activities, the Pinocchio Concert project was born with the purpose of fostering children's minds through our Music Festival.
A wooden puppet grows with rich mind learning through various experiences and being nurtured by people around it. This overlaps with how humans grow.
What has been produced through the liaison with Martha will connect with the future.
Seeds planted by old European people have produced flowers.
I sincerely hope that a seed cultivated in Japan with a sense of gratitude for our predecessors will become a seed of hope for the future during the course of holding the concert in Rome and that we will be able to foster it together with you.

The official name of the Music Festival "Argerich's Meeting Point(R) in Beppu" represents the deep thought maintained by Martha Argerich and Kyoko Ito that many things change through people's encounters and these encounters open the future, so they would like to create opportunities for many people to have happy encounters.
With this thought, the Music Festival began while keeping in mind what music can do for society.