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Music Program TOKYO Music Education Program Workshop "Soundscapes of Kaija SAARIAHO"

Kaija SAARIAHO is one of the leading figures in the current state of classical music. This workshop features an introduction to her opera "Only the Sound Remains," which makes its Japan premiere soon, spoken in her own words. The program also includes performances of pieces for flute and kantele selected from her distinctive works.

* Kaija SAARIAHO joins online.
* The curtain time has been changed as below from the initial announcement. (as of Apr 14)

Upon attending the performance, please visit this link to go through our precautionary measures to help prevent the COVID-19 spread and notice to visitors.
Please note that the performance is subject to change depending on decisions, orders, etc. by the Japanese and Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other governmental authorities.

Date Tue, Jun 1, 2021 18:30 (Open 18:00)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Genre TBK productions

Flyer (PDF)

Notice to our patrons who are attending this performance

Please follow the below measures to help prevent the COVID-19 spread. Your understanding and cooperation are much appreciated.


⁃ We ask you not to come to the venue if you seem to have symptoms such as a fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, or simply not feeling well.

⁃ Wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth. Please show consideration for fellow audience members.

⁃ Strictly follow the precautions against infectious diseases such as the cough etiquette and washing and disinfecting your hands frequently.

⁃ Our staff members conduct temperature screening with thermal imaging cameras for all those who are entering the venue. If you have a fever of 37.5°C/99.5°F or higher, you are not allowed to enter the venue.

⁃ No beverage is sold in the Recital Hall area.

⁃ Show your ticket to the usher. Then tear off the stub by yourself and put it in the box.

⁃ We do not hand out program leaflets and such printed materials. Please pick them up by yourself from specific areas.

⁃ The cloakroom is closed except for large luggage.

⁃ We do not accept flowers and gifts for the artists. Nor can you give them directly to the artists.

⁃ Allow enough time to get into the venue.


First Part (approx. 30 minutes): Flute and Kantele Concert performed by the experts in Saariaho’s works


Camilla HOITENGA, Flute


[Music to be performed]


Dolce Tormento (Piccolo Solo)

Light still and moving (Flute, Kantele)

Eija KANKAANRANTA: Improvisation (Kantele)


Second Part (approx. 1 hour): About the opera “Only the Sound Remains”

(Panel discussion with the composer, conductor, director, and the performer. *The discussion is conducted in English with Japanese interpretation.)


Kaija SAARIAHO, Composer

Clément MAO-TAKACS, Conductor

Aleksi BARRIÈRE, Director

Camilla HOITENGA, Flute

Moderator: SHIBATSUJI Junko


* Kaija SAARIAHO joins online.


◇View artists profiles (only in Japanese)

PhotoKaija SAARIAHO, Composer
PhotoClément MAO-TAKACS, Conductor
PhotoAleksi BARRIÈRE, Director
PhotoCamilla HOITENGA, Flute
PhotoEija KANKAANRANTA, Kantele


Prices (tax included)

[Tickets Availability (as of  Apr 16, 2021)]

The tickets will be on sale by holding seats at about half-capacity. We will not sell additional tickets at this moment.


[Day tickets]

Tickets will go on sale at 17:30.


S2,200yen A1,650yen Under-26s 1,100yen (The Under-26s price applies to all seat categories./Valid ID required.)


* Please read before purchasing the tickets:

Regarding this performance, the tickets will be on sale by holding seats with a capacity based on guidelines including “Roadmap to Overcoming COVID-19” set by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Please note that we may ask you to move from your reserved seat to another upon entering the venue, depending on governmental policies.

If the capacity limit is eased, we will sell additional tickets. In case the capacity restriction is tightened, the tickets additionally sold have to be refunded, and additional ticket holders will not be able to attend the performance.

Seating Chart

Seating Chart (PDF)

On Sale Date

Sat, Apr 17, 2021

BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

Other Information

* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.
* Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this event.
* Child care service is available. (Reservation and fee required. A limited number of children is accepted.)
Event Child Care Service: Mother's 0120-788-222
Reservation must be made by 17:00 on Tue, May 25.

Related Event

Sun, Jun 6 15:00 Opera “Only the Sound Remains”


Tokyo Metropolitan Government/ Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture: the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, the Arts Council Tokyo