- Suntory Hall
Suntory Hall, is a
concert hallcomplex consisting of the "Main Hall" and the "Small Hall" located in the Ark Hillscomplex, near the U.S. Embassy and TV Asahi in the Akasakadistrict of northern Minato, a ward in Tokyo, Japan. This is the first building of its kind to be created solely for music presentations. Construction started in the late 1970s and it opened in October 1986.
It opened on
October 12, 1986in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of whisky production and 20th anniversary of beer sales by Suntory.
Herbert von Karajanplaza in front of Suntory Hall, which was constructed in April 1998, is in remembrance of the maestro, who became closely associated with the Hall and who also recommended the "vineyard configuration" whereby the audience surrounds the concert floor in the Main Hall. He also helped with its acoustical evaluation and stated, in the message sent to President Keizo Saji of Suntory Hall, "I was deeply moved by the outstanding sounds of the hall. It is truly a jewel box of sound."
Suntory Hall has had
performersand conductors from all around the world, such as Andreas Juffinger, Per Tengstrand, Denis Shapovalov, Darko Brle, Graham Scottand Koichi Sugiyamain 1987 when the first video game musicconcert was held.
Performance and other facilities
* Main HallThe seats in the Main Hall are situated around the concert stage (250 m2 in 21 sections) in the "vineyard configuration", providing space for up to 2,006 people. In doing this, a closer acoustical sensibility is created for not only the audience to enjoy, but for the performers and conductors as well.
Also, the concert pipe organ, with 74 stops and 5,898 pipes, is located in the centre rear of the Hall. It is one of the largest pipe organs in the world, custom built and crafted by
Rieger Orgelbau. Due to repeated tuning done right after installation, its sensational warmth and velvety soft sounds create lush effects. It has also been modified with computerized control mechanisms to allow remote consoles to control it from the stage.
*Small HallThe Small Hall’s seats can be moved, and the stage comsists of three different sections which can be raised by up to 60 centimeters in increments of 20 centimeters. It can seat 384 to 432 people.
The interior 425 m2 (25 m x 17 m) consists of wooden paneling, and, like the Main Hall, this hall produces a warm and richly crisp tone. The Hall's main function is for
chamber musicand solo recitals. Due to its size, (41.6 m2/62.4 m2 with 3 platforms), it has also been used for speeches, seminarsand lectures.
* The Foyer has a
mahoganypaneling finish and marbletrim.
For enjoyment and relaxation while waiting for performances and during intermissions, the Foyer provides access to facilities such as the
cocktailcorner, as well as the "Bar Intermezzo" and "Cafe Intermezzo". Suntory Hall is the first to bring such facilities to Japan.
* In addition to the box office, a gift shop and cloak room are located in the foyer.
* Significant pieces of art are another feature of the Hall. These include the Chandelier Symphony of Lights by
Motoko Ishii, the stained glass “Growth of Grapes” by Keiko Miura, and wall art by Teppei Ujiyamawhich are all located in the foyer. Outside the main entrance is a sculpture by Takenobu Igarashi.
List of major concert halls
* [http://www.suntory.co.jp/suntoryhall Suntory Hall's Official Japanese website]
* [http://www.suntory.co.jp/suntoryhall/english Suntory Hall's Official English website]
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