Mito Chamber Orchestra
95th Regular Concert

March 25 (Fri.), 2016, to March 27 (Sun.), 2016

Seiji Ozawa, Conductor(only the Beethoven Symphony in the second half)
Ricardo Morales, Clarinet

Sibelius: “Valse triste” from Incidental Music for “Kuolema,” Op. 44
Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A Major, K. 622
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in A minor, Op. 67

After a quarter century of collaboration between MCO General Director Seiji Ozawa and the MCO ensemble, the two finally present a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, “Fate,” considered one of Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces, and arguably the best-known composition of classical music. The program can be described as the climax of the series of Maestro Ozawa’s and MCO’s Beethoven symphony performances. Another highlight of the program is the concerto performed by MCO’s newest member, Ricardo Morales from Puerto Rico, who is considered one of the most sought-after clarinetists in the world today.

■Orchestra Members
Violin: Syoko Aki, Uemura Taro, Naoko Ogihara, Takumi Kubota, Kyoko Saburi, Shu Shioda, Machiko Shimada, Kyoko Takezawa, Yasushi Toyoshima, Shizuka Nakamura, Masanobu Yoda, Miwako Watanabe

Viola: Ryo Oshima, Yoshiko Kawamoto, Mazumi Tanamura, Masahiro Chihara

Violoncello: Hideki Kitamoto, Sadao Harada, Ryosuke Hori, Dai Miyata

Double-bass: Hiroshi Ikematsu, Ryu Sukegawa

Flute: Kazuhiro Iwasa, Shigenori Kudo

Piccolo: Ikue Koike

Oboe: Philippe Tondre, Fusako Nampo

Clarinet: Ricardo Morales, Hidehito Naka

Bassoon: Dag Jensen, Akinobu Yoda

Contra-bassoon: Tomoko Kano

Horn: Masayuki Naoi, Radek Baborak

Trumpet: Junichiro Sugiki, David Herzog

Trombone: Shinichi Go, Mikio Nitta, Koichi Nonoshita

Timpani: Satoshi Takeshima

Obituary: Roland Altmann, MCO timpanist

Roland, timpanist for the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO), and who had been convalescing for some time, has died at the age of 74 in Vienna, Austria.
Altmann had served as timpanist for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) for many years, and joined the MCO in 2010. His contributions to the development of the ensemble are immeasurable.
We offer our deepest condolences upon his passing.

Mito Chamber Orchestra


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25 March: Start 19:00
27 March: Start 14:00

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Seiji Ozawa


Born in 1935 in Shenyang, China (then Mukden, Manchuria), Ozawa started studying conducting under Hideo Saito at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1959, he won first place at the International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon. After honing his craft under the guidance of Herbert von Karajan, he took up the post of assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein. Thereafter, he served as the musical director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and the Wiener Staatsoper.

Since 1992, he has served as the director general of Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, which since 2015 has been rebranded as the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival (OMF), thus embarking upon a new step. He has also enthusiastically supported the training of young musicians at the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy (formerly Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku), the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland, and the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga.

In 2008, he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government. In 2010, he was bestowed the title of “honorary member” by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO). In 2010, he won the 23rd Praemium Imperiale.

In 2013, he became the director general of Art Tower Mito, succeeding the founding director general Hidekazu Yoshida, who had passed away. At the same time, he serves as the general director of the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO), and is involved in its operation.

Ricardo Morales


Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1972, Ricardo Morales pursued his musical studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and at Indiana University. At the age of 18, he began his professional career with the Florida Symphony Orchestra, moving on at age 21 to become principal clarinetist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. Since 2003, he has served as the principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Also, Morales has appeared as guest principal clarinetist with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) under Sir Simon Rattle. He has served in the same position with the Saito Kinen Orchestra as well, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.

Morales has also been active as a soloist across the globe, with the New York Times effusively lauding him as “a musician with fleet technique, utterly natural musical grace, and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer.” As an educator, moreover, Morales taught in the past at the Juilliard School, and currently serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His debut solo album in 2004 was entitled “French Portrait.” In addition, Morales has started producing an original line of artists’ clarinets known as “MoBa,” in cooperation with the internationally recognized acoustician and instrument maker, Morrie Backun.



Mito Chamber Orchestra
95th Regular Concert


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