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Bach-Chor Tokyo: Bach Cantata Series Performing in Japanese Text

Name:

Bach-Chor Tokyo: Bach Cantata Series Performing in Japanese Text

Location:

Tokyo, Japan

Venues:

Ishibashi Memorial Hall, Tokyo, etc.

Years:

Between 48 years since 1962. The next regular concert is the 104th at Tokyo, June 2010

Months:

2 or 3 concerts a year

Artistic Director:

Emiko Ohmura

Ensembles:

Bach-Chor Tokyo
Tokyo Bach Cantata Chamber Orchetra, etc

Website:

Bach-Chor Tokyo [Japanese, partly English]

History & Mission:

Bach-Chor Tokyo was founded by Emiko Ohmura in 1962 as an chorus performing and studying only J.S. Bach’s works centering around sacred cantatas. It has held almost 200 concerts since its inception including more than 100 regular concerts in Tokyo and many special concerts at churches or local music halls. Emiko Ohmura has chiefly been conducting them.

Language problems are always a big barrier to the introduction of foreign vocal music, especially in Asian countries. Bach-Chor Tokyo has made it a principle since its inception to sing in Japanese following Emiko Ohmura’s translation. Ohmura and members have a strong wish to sing in Japanese even at the cost of perfect unity between the original words and melodies. This is because we wish to meet the spirit of the text and the Composer, J.S. Bach by means of our mother tongue Japanese, our spirit itself. We also believe that it is a realization of the historic intention of the Reformer, Martin Luther, who chose to read and sing in common people’s words (mother tongue).

From 2000, aiming to diffuse the Bach music in Japan, we are publishing a serial music books of Bach’s cantatas with Japanese text translated by Ohmura in cooperation with Breitkopf & Härtel.

See: http://www.ac.auone-net.jp/~bach2/

Logo:

Concert 79
May 25, 1996

Concert 80
Dec 8, 1996

Concert 81
May 24, 1997

Concert 82
Dec 20, 1997

Concert 83
May 24, 1998

Concert 88
Dec 13, 1998

Concert 85
May 8, 1999

Concert 86
Dec 18, 1999

Concert 87
May 14, 2000

Concert 88
Dec 10, 2000

Concert 89
May 12, 2001

Concert 90
Dec 16, 2001

Concert 91
May 12, 2002

Concert 92
Dec 15, 2002

Concert 93
May 10, 2003

Concert 94
Dec 7, 2004

Concert 95
May 9, 2004

Concert 96
Dec 12, 2004

Concert 97
May 15, 2005

Concert 98
Dec 17, 2005

Concert 99
May 13, 2006

Concert 100
Mar 21, 2007

Concert 101
Nov 17, 2007

Concert 102
Jun 21, 2008

Concert 103
Dec 13, 2008

Source: Kenji Ohmura - Manager/Admin'r, BACH-CHOR TOKYO (January 2010)
[suffix p means concert pamphlet; without suffix means concert poster]

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (January 2010)

Emiko Ohmura: Short Biography | Bach-Chor Tokyo | Tokyo Cantata Chamber Orchestra | Recordings of Vocal Works | Bach Cantata Series Performing in Japanese Text

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