Guide to The 46th Niibori Guitar Christmas (Candle) Concert
Kiyomi Niibori (a member of NE & Ladies' Quartet, Master of Arts in Music)
Niibori Guitar Christmas (Charity) Concerts are held in many districts in Japan
in Christmas season. This concert, the 46th for this time, has been enjoyed by
a lot of guitar fans and music lovers under the name of Candle Concert.
The series of this concert was originated by Dr. Hiroki Niibori, being deeply
impressed by heart warming concert (joyful concert with performer's explanations
for familiar, old and new musical masterpieces) under candle light at Mirabel
Palace in Salzburg, in 1965, with his intention to take music in daily life in
Japan. This concert will be the first concert with explanations in Japanese classical
guitar music society, of course, and the field of concert of classical pieces
Program of the concert was consisted of familiar pieces of music, almost all Japanese
sang. At that time (1960s), many authorities in authoritative Japanese classic
guitar society criticized the concert of pieces of music well known by general
public being performed with explanations by professional performers. But it would
be said as general public was looking for to have such kind of concert. Dressed
up professional performers performing on stage many pieces of music often sang
and well known by general public possibly seemed to be a shocking scene for audience
at that time. This Candle Concert was originally performed as the 7th public performance
(1966) of Niibori Guitar Orchestra, resulting big sensation to decide to continue
as the series of concert with many eager requests from audience, and the site
of concert has been spread widely in Japan. There will be so many peoples started
to go to concert and to play music after experiencing this concert.
Continuing this charity concert praying for peace with all of heart, Dr Niibori
was awarded International Art and Culture Prize (also he had been receiving many
letters of thanks from Japan Red Cross and UNICEF) in 1990. After that, thought
and activities for long years to bring peace through music has been awarded from
various organizations in many countries. In 2001, Dr. Niibori was awarded from
United Nation's NGO (International Parliament for Peace Settlement).
Then, since 2003, Dr. Niibori raised flag of "Praying for Peace for
theme of concert with cooperation of UNs NGO, WPPS (World Peace Prayer Society)
and GOI Peace Foundation, and songs and pieces of music praying for peace were
arranged in concert program. Concert praying for Peace will be opened
at Kanagawa Prefectural Concert Hall (12/5) and Hiratsuka Citizens Center
Big Hall (12/19), for this year.
Now, for this concert, giving many opportunities to be awarded, the main point
set as familiar and joyful Christmas concert for peoples, even if having no experience
to visit concert (especially for classical music), to visit easily. And also it
is the concert of performing popular pieces from Niibori Guitar concerts of the
Now, for the public performance, appealing Praying for Peace, Niibori
Guitar Philharmonic Orchestra (N-Orch.) will be the main performer and song praying
for peace = Let There Be Peace On Earth will be performed. This time,
Ms. Mari Imai (instructor in vocal department of International Niibori Music Academy),
increasing popularity with cute face and voice, and student of vocal department
of International Niibori Music Academy will sing to present homey warm sound.
What Dr. Niibori will conduct is national anthem KIMIGAYO for this
time and 3 kinds of KIMIGAYO will be presented.
Why KIMIGAYO for Christmas?
KIMIGAYO is used to be performed at New Years Day.
Dr. Niibori says, this concert, in certain meaning, is the final concert for the
year and also meeting with new audience = means the start (as for having the biggest
number of audience and enjoyable concert even for the first comers), and this
can be said as the concert for the beginning of all events of Niibori Guitar for
coming new year.
Present KIMIGAYO came with the cooperation of England (Mr. John William
Fenton), Germany (Mr. Franz Eckert) and Japanese, and the words of song is praying
for peace, thus Dr. Niibori selected this piece for this time.
For this time, from many KIMIGAYO, initial KIMIGAYO composed
by Mr. Fenton, performed once a year at the birth place = Honmokusan Myokohji
Temple, Naka-ku, Yokohama, (there is a stone monument, The Birth Place of
National Anthem KIMIGAYO), present KIMIGAYO by Mr. Hiromori
Hayashi and Mr. Eckert, and KIMIGAYO of the future? = Fantasy
KIMIGAYO composed, with present KIMIGAYO as the motif, by Mr.
Yudai Hatanaka (composer, OB of this Academy), will be performed.
KIMIGAYO of the first generation was performed by Japanese first brass
band (Mr. Fenton is said as the originator of Japanese brass band), and we are
going to try to present the effect of brass band with electric guitars. (Try anything
with guitars will be a nature of N-Orch.)
Explanation for these pieces by Dr. Niibori will be interesting. Not so many Japanese
are seemed to know of many KIMIGAYO were made for their own national
And, Japón Siemple Japón, conducted by Dr. Niibori,
will be performed for this time also and soloists (guitars) for this piece will
be played by teachers of neighboring classrooms of the site of the concert.
Furthermore, N-Orch. conducted by Mr. Kazuyuki Terada will perform grand scaled
Grand Jingle Bells and Italia Overture Ponte Felice dedicated
to N-Orch., performed and praised at the main concert, composed by Mr. Yudai
Hatanaka. NE (Niibori Guitar Ensemble) will perform, for the first time, Concert
for Piccolo, composed by Eugene Damare, Le Merle Blanc (soloist: Ms.
Popular ensemble = DANROK and Niibori Guitar Ladies Quartet (JOYON) will
also appear on stage.
Also, Christmas pieces of music will be performed with the old musical instrument,
performed at only this concert, Carcassi Guitar (restoration of made in 1816)
and hand bells. Old simple tone will heal your heart.
Opening performance will be played by citizens guitar orchestra neighboring
to the site.
Above are the public performance by N-Orch. and other public performances such
as mainly performed by NE, mainly by popular DANROK and GRACE, Niibori Guitar
Ladies Super Trio, scheduled to debut in November, are also scheduled. Details
will be introduced in next issue.
The 46th Niibori Guitar Christmas (Candle) Concert
«Praying for Peace»concert by N-Orch. as main performer
[Kanagawa] Public performance in Yokohama
Dec. 5 (Sun.) curtain rise 15:00 site: Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
[Kanagawa] Public performance in Hiratsuka
Dec.19 (Sun.) curtain rise 15:00 Hiratsuka Citizens Center Big Hall
<Conducting and talk> Hiroki Niibori, Kazuyuki Terada, and others
<Performers> Niibori Guitar Philharmonic Orchestra (N-Orch.), Niibori Guitar
Ensemble (NE), DANROK, Niibori Guitar Ladies Quartet (JOYON), Niibori Guitar
Hand Bells Ensemble, Yuko Koshibe (Piccolo), Mari Imai (Vocal), and others
Concert by Niibori Guitar Ensemble (NE) as main performer
[Tokyo] Public performance in Suginami
Dec. 1 (Wed.) curtain rise 19:00
Suginami-ku Kinrou Fukushi Kaikan (Workers Welfare Center)
[Kanagawa] Public Performance in Sagamihara
Dec. 10 (Fri.) curtain rise 19:00 Green Hall Sagamiohno_Multi Purpose Hall
[Shizuoka] Dec. 13 (Mon.) curtain rise 19:00 Mishima Citizens Culture
Hall (Yu-Yu Hall)
<Conducting and talk> Kazuyuki Terada and other
<Performers> NE, DANROK, JOYON, Niibori Guitar Hand Bells Ensemble, Yuko
Koshibe (Piccolo), Mari Imai (Vocal), and others
Concert by DANROK and Grace as main performers
[Tokyo] Public performance in Meguro
Dec. 8 (Wed.) curtain rise 19:00 Meguro-ku Small and Medium Enterprise Center
[Kanagawa] Public performance in Isogo
Dec. 15 (Wed.) curtain rise 19:00 Isogo-ku Citizens Culture Center_Sugita
<Performers> DANROK, Grace, Niibori Guitar Orchestra B-Group (only for Isogo),
<Special Guest> Amanda (only for Meguro)
For above concerts, SS Reserved seat 4,000yen, General non reserved seat 3,000yen,
Non reserved Students seat 2,000yen
Ticket on the day +500yen *1,000yen will be discounted for audience having ticket
of Dec.5 Yokohama or Dec.19 Hiratsuka for other concerts.
Public performance in Shiga Dec. 12 (Sun.) curtain rise 13:30
Ohmi-Hachiman Culture Hall
<Conducting and talk> Kazuyuki Terada, Kiyoshi Koyama
<Performers> NE, Shiga Citizens Guitar Orchestra, and others
All seats non reserved Adult 1,500yen Student 800yen
Niibori Guitar Christmas Concerts will be also performed at other districts in
[NE Christmas Wine Party]
<Conducting and talk> Kazuyuki Terada <Performer> NE
[Kanagawa] Dec.22 (Wed.) curtain rise 19:00 Fujisawa Live House N
6,000yen (drink will be served)
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143-14 Fujisawa, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken,
Phone: +81-466-23-8338 / Fax: +81-466-23-9337
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