At this concert, we will play many famous pieces that are loved around the world. You may think that classical music and orchestras are very formal and boring, but this concert is sure to change your mind!
For example, this program includes lively famous melodies from the operas “Candide” and “Die Fledermaus”. It also includes delightful symohny of Schumann, florid music from Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien", the exotic yet emotional “Baccanale” from Saint-Saëns opera “Samson and Delilah.”
Moreover, you can enjoy Japanese popular game music from the “Dragon Quest Overture.”
From these pieces, you can easily feel and discover the wonders of classical music and orchestras. We recommend this concert for both classical-lovers and non-classical-lovers. Get ready to be mesmerized!
This orchestra was founded in 1920, as the “Tokyo Imperial University Music Club.” Back then, there were no professional orchestras in Japan, and the only amateur orchestras that existed were those in the Ministry of Imperial Household, music schools, and a few universities, such as Kyushu University and Keio University. This orchestra developed during the Taisho and early Showa Period, despite its lack of access to instruments and scores. Because of this, many pieces were first played in Japan by this orchestra. After the Second World War, another orchestra in the Komaba Campus was founded. These two orchestras were acted separately at first, but eventually merged in 1953. After that, the newly formed orchestra developed significantly, especially from 1959, when Masaaki Hayakawa became the permanent conductor of this orchestra. It began to play more contemporary classical music, and the number of members continued to increase, quickly exceeding 100. It also went on a concert tour to Europe in 1966. The orchestra confronted many challenges after that, such as the decrease of members due to the cease of member recruitment during the “Todai Dispute”. Nevertheless, these challenges have been overcome and the orchestra has currently become a large-scale one of approximately 130 members. Since its foundation, the orchestra has produced many pioneers in the music industry, such as Hidemaro Konoe, Sadao Bekku, Masaaki Hayakawa, and many others. It also performs concerts in various places around Japan annually.
Those who wish to participate in the 96th May Festival need to attend one of the sessions.
The Information Session will be held in both Japanese and English.
Contact us via email ( ) if you have any questions.
Information about the 96th May Festival is also posted on our Official Twitter ( @gogatsusai ).
We are looking forward to your participation.