Guide to The 49th Niibori Guitar Christmas (Candle) Concert

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

Niibori Guitar Christmas (charity) Concerts are usually held in December in each district in Japan.
The series of this concert was originated by Dr. Hiroki Niibori, being deeply impressed by heart warming concert (joyful concert with performer's explanations about 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 regardless of criticism from someone related to music at that time.
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.
And, as this concert is 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 Fujisawa on Dec. 7 (Sat.).
Einzugsmarsch from operetta “Der Zigeunerbaron”, giving vigor especially in gorgeous works of Strauss, conducted by Dr. Hiroki Niibori, and Let there be peace on Earth, song praying for peace, costarring with guest singer Betty Yuzu, will be presented. Of course these pieces will be performed with explanation by Dr. Niibori.
And, “God Help The Outcast” from movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with Betty Yuzu singing to her own Ukulele accompaniment will also be presented.
In addition, for performance by N-Orchestra conducted by Mr. Kazuyuki Terada, Overture from Opera “The Marriage of Figaro”, from pieces favorably received at public performance in September, “Pirates of Caribbean”, with joyful direction (pirates holding electric guitar play actively!), and Grand Jingle Bells, only in Christmas!, will be performed.
NE, conducted by Mr. Shibayama, will perform Bass Guitar Concerto “Subaru”, describing beautiful stars in the sky, with soli by Haruka Shiraishi and Mari Minakata.
Popular ensembles = DANROK, Niibori Guitar Ladies’ Quartet _ Dreamers the 3rd(D3) and Twinkle will also appear on stage. And please do not miss the performance of old instruments _ Carcassi Guitar (restored one made in 1816), only used in this concert, and Hand Bells with accompaniment by Lacote Guitar (restored one made in 1824) + Guitarron. This will give healing sounds.
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 49th Niibori Guitar Christmas (Candle) Concert
Concerts sponsored by Niibori Guitar Head Office _ N-Planning‚
Concert mainly performed by N-Orchestra
[Kanagawa] Public Performance in Fujisawa "Praying for Peace"
Dec. 7 (Sat.) Curtain rise 15:00 Fujisawa Shimin Kaikan Big 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 _ Dreamers the 3rd(D3), Twinkle, Niibori Guitar Hand Bells Ensemble, Betty Yuzu (vocal and ukulele), and others
<Opening Performance> Fujisawa Tuesday Ensemble, Niibori Guitar Boys and Girls Guitar Orchestra, Niibori Guitar Orchestra B-Group & C-Group, Shunsuke Seto (primary school boy _ Alto Guitar solo), Christmas Memorial Guitar Orchestra A & B.
Program : Einzugsmarsch from operetta “Der Zigeunerbaron”, Grand Jingle Bells, Let there be peace on Earth, and others.
Concerts mainly performed by Niibori Guitar Ensemble (NE)
<Conducting and talk> Kazuyuki Terada and others <Performance> NE, DANROK, D3, Niibori Guitar Hand Bells Ensemble, and others.
[Tokyo] Public Performance in Tokyo Dec. 4 (Wed.) Curtain rise 19:00 Sumida Triphony Hall
<Opening Performance> Kinshicho Ensemble, Christmas Sp Orchestra
Program : “Joy to the world” in baroque style, Guitarron Concerto “Amazing _ Bach” (solo : Shigetsugu Tanaka), Once Upon a Time in the West (Guitar Concert issue / solo : Haruka Shiraishi), and others
[Kanagawa] Public Performance in Sagami-ohno Dec. 18 (Wed.) Curtain rise 19:00 Sagami Women’s University Green Hall
<Opening Performance> Sagami-_no Ensemble, Christmas Sp Orchestra
Program: Maple leaf Rag (Marimba solo: Hiromitsu Hagiwara), Rock of Mozart, Volare, and others
Concerts mainly performed by DANROK and Twinkle
[Chiba] Public Performance in Funabashi Dec. 9 (Mon.) Curtain rise 19:00 Citizen’s Culture Creation Center “Kirara Hall”
Program: Diablo Rojo, Rondo alla Gatti, Suite “Sweets”, Winter _ Wonder Land, and others
Ticket for each of above Reserved seat 4,000yen, Non reserved 3,000yen,
Student \2,000 (purchasing on the day +500yen for each)
“THE ULTIMATE LIVE” by teachers of Niibori Guitar Music School
[Kanagawa] Public Performance in Fujisawa

Dec. 22 (Sun.) Curtain rise 15:00 Niibori Live Building “Live House N”
<Performance> AMANDA. S.A.C., Irish Bull, New Moat, Route 134
<Guest Performer> empty sky
Non reserved seat 3,000yen, Student 2,000yen (purchasing on the day +500yen for each)
Concert with drink and dinner at “Live House N” in Niibori Live Building
DANROK Christmas Cake Party & Night with French Wine
Dec. 1 (Sun.)@Tea Time 14:00 Start 15:00
Dinner Time 17:00 Start 18:00
Adult 4,000yen Student 2,000yen (with tea & cake)
7,000yen (with free alcohol & dinner), 6,000yen (with free soft drink & dinner)
Niibori Guitar Christmas Concerts will be held in other districts of Japan also.


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143-14 Fujisawa, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken,
251-0052 Japan
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