Guide to The 48th Niibori Guitar Christmas (Candle) Concert

Kiyomi Niibori (a member of NE & Ladies' Quartet, Master of Arts in Music)

After coming back from public performance in Italy in Nov., usual Niibori Guitar Christmas (Charity) Concert = Candle Concert will be held as public performance of triumphant return in Dec.

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 started as a very rare (the first one, perhaps) concert at that time in Japan with conductor’s (Dr. Niibori’s) explanation for the pieces of music. It will be sure that music & guitar lovers in Japan have been increased considerably by this concert. And this concert is a charity concert to contribute money, contribution from audience and profit of the concert, to Japan Red Cross, UNICEF etc. continuously for long years. This concert was also said to be a trigger of winning prizes of contributing for peace as the one from United Nation’s NGO (International Parliament for Peace Settlement) and declaring "Praying for Peace” as the theme of the concert with cooperation of UN’s NGO, WPPS (World Peace Prayer Society) and GOI Peace Foundation, raising flags of all nations on the stage, songs and pieces of music praying for peace became to be arranged in concert program, since 2003. It became the 10th concert in this year and members of WPPS & GOI Peace Foundation will be invited on stage to sing “Let There Be Peace On Earth” together for this time.
And, as the last concert of the year, the most popular pieces of music among the concerts in the year are also performed in this concert.
The main concert of “Praying for Peace” for this time is public performance in Hiratsuka on Dec. 15.
Dr. Niibori will conduct “Let There Be Peace On Earth”, “Funicli Funicula in Baroque Style” (composed by Masaaki Hayakawa) and “Guitar Concerto in D Major” composed by Vivaldi with soloists of teachers of near-by schools. Of course Dr. Niibori will give explanations for these pieces of music. You will be able to hear live voice of originator of guitar orchestra only in this concert and hot news of public performance in Italy will be also possible to hear.
Further more, “Jazz & Blues” (Yudai Hatanaka) with impressive electric guitar (solo : Masahiro Suzuki) from PLERA “OMINAESHI”, talked much about for collaboration with image (movie) and live performance of guitar orchestra, performed by N-Orchestra conducted by Mr. Kazuyuki Terada and original “OMINAESHI” (Hiromu Taguchi), became the beginning of this drama, with solo by Hiromu Taguchi will be presented.
NE will perform “Le merle blanc” (Damare) with lovely flute (Yuko Koshibe), well received in every district, and Marimba Concerto “Carmen Fantasy Op.25” with solo by Hiromitsu Hagiwara.
Popular ensembles = DANROK, Niibori Guitar Ladies’ Quartet, i.e. Dreamers the 3rd(D.the 3rd) and Twinkle will also appear on stage.
Using old instruments, Carcassi Guitar (restored one made in 1816), only used in this concert, and Lacote Guitar (restored one made in 1824) + accompaniment with Guitarron, Hand Bells will perform Catalunya Folk Song “El Noi de la Mare”.
Old and simple tone will surely heal mind.
Except for this concert raising “Praying for Peace”, concerts connected to Christmas, live performances and dinner show will be held.
We will be happy presenting you a wonderful Christmas time.
The 48th Niibori Guitar Christmas (Candle) Concert
Concerts sponsored by Niibori Guitar Head Office & N-Planning‚
Concert mainly performed by N-Orchestra
[Kanagawa] Public Performance in Hiratsuka Wishing for Peace
Dec. 15 (Sat.) Curtain rise 15:00 Hiratsuka Citizen’s Center Hall
Professional Guitar Orchestra will appear on stage at 16:00
<Conducting and talk> Hiroki Niibori, Kazuyuki Terada and others
<Performance> Niibori Guitar Philharmonic Orchestra (N-Orch.), DANROK, Niibori Guitar Ladies’ Quartet, i.e. Dreamers the 3rd(D.the 3rd), Twinkle, Niibori Guitar Hand Bells Ensemble, Yuko Koshibe (Flute), Hiromu Taguchi (Guitar), Rieko Akabori (Soprano), and others
<Opening Performance> Fujisawa Tuesday Ensemble, Fujisawa Wednesday & Saturday Ensemble, Niibori Guitar Boys and Girls Guitar Orchestra, Citizen’s Guitar Orchestras (Shonan, Yokohama, Sagami)
Concerts mainly performed by Niibori Guitar Ensemble (NE)
<Conducting and talk> Kazuyuki Terada and others
<Performance> NE, DANROK, D.the 3rd, Twinkle, Niibori Guitar Hand Bells Ensemble, Yuko Koshibe (Flute), Rieko Akabori (Soprano), and others
[Kanagawa] Public Performance in Kamiooka
Dec. 12 (Wed.) Curtain rise 19:00 Konan Ward Culture Center “HIMAWARI NO SATO”
<Opening Performance> Konandai Ensemble, Kamiooka Ensemble
Pieces of music: Concerto for Guitar A Major Op.30 (Giuliani) (solo: Hiromu Taguchi, Tetsurou Ihara), The Song of Life ~ JOUNETSU TAIRIKU (Yuji Toriyama~Tarou Hakase) (electric guitar solo: Atsunori Fujie, Kohei Miyasita), and others
[Tokyo] Public Performance in Tokyo
Dec. 19 (Wed.) Curtain rise 19:00 Luther Ichigaya
<Opening Performance> Kinshicho, Funabashi & Ochanomizu Joint Ensemble,
Nishiogi, Kamata & Ebisu Joint Ensemble
Pieces of music: Concerto for Guitarron “March and Trepak” from the Nutcracker(Tchaikovsky) (solo: Hiroyuki Sato), The Song of Life~JOUNETSU-TAIRIKU (Yuji Toriyama~Taro Hakase) (electric guitar solo: Masahiro Suzuki, Atsusi Miebori), and others
Hiromu Taguchi Chamber Recital
[Kanagawa] Public Performance in Fujisawa
Dec.9 (Sun.) Curtain rise 17:00 Niibori Live Building “Music Friend Hall”
<Costarring> Natsumi Koga (Piano), Yuko Koshibe (Flute), DANROK, others
Pieces of music: Concierto de Aranjuez (all movements), La Historia del Tango (Piazzolla), Rondo alla Gatti (Hiromu Taguchi), and others
Ticket for each of above Reserved seat 4,000yen, Non reserved 3,000yen,
Student 2,000yen
“THE ULTIMATE LIVE” by teachers of Niibori Guitar Music School
[Kanagawa] Public Performance in Fujisawa
Dec. 24 (Sun.) Curtain rise 15:30 Niibori Live Building “Live House N”
<Performance> AMANDA. S.A.C., Root-134, Irish Bull, Schwarzwiss.
Non reserved seat 3,000yen, Student 2,000yen
Concert with drink and dinner at “Live House N” in Niibori Live Building
DANROK Christmas Cake Party & Night with French Wine
Dec. 2 (Sun.) Tea Time 14:30 & Start 15:00, Dinner Time 17:00 &Start 18:00
Adult 5,000yen Student 3,500yen (with tea & cake) 8,000yen (with free alcohol & dinner), 7,000yen (with free soft drink & dinner)
NE Christmas Party <Conducting and talk> Kazuyuki Terada
<Performance> NE, and others
Dec. 16 (Sun.) Open & Dinner Time 16:00 Start 17:00
8,000yen (with free alcohol & dinner), 7,000yen (with free soft drink & dinner)
Concerts sponsored by Niibori Guitar in each district‚
30th Anniversary Concert commemorating establishment of Okayama Niibori Guitar and first organization of Guitar Orchestra
Dec. 23 (Sun.) Curtain rise 13:30 Okayama SHIMIN KAIKAN Big Hall
13:30 ~ Lecture by Dr. Hiroki Niibori “Way to materialize good health and long life” 14:00~ Concert
<Conducting and talk> Sadao Nakatani, and others
<Guest> Hiroki Niibori (lecture & conducting “Japon siempre Japon”)
<Guest performer> DANROK, Hiromu Taguchi (guitar)
<Friendship performance> Fukuyama Guitar Ensemble “Rose”, Takamatsu Guitar Ensemble
Advance sale 1,500yen (1,800yen on the day)
Niibori Guitar Christmas Concerts will be held other districts in Japan also.
[Concerning to Niibori Guitar Public Performance in Italy]
You will be possible to see introduction for public performances, one is Niibori Guitar Philharmonic Orchestra (big organization) at CONSERVATORIO DI MUSICA, G.VERDI DI MILANO “SALA VERDI on Nov. 16 at 20:00 and another one is Niibori Guitar Ensemble at SANTA MARIA DELLA PIETÀ, Venice on Nov.17 at 16:00, on internet in Italian, English and German Languages after 20:00, Nov. 16.

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