Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
Concert Hall

Play, sing, and celebrate diversity and peace together

《Posponing Announcement》

It is with deepest regret that we announce the postponement of

the World Children’s Music Festival 2020 in Tokyo.

So that all the efforts of the participant children will not spoiled,

we will reschedule this festival to early August.

The date and details of rescheduled festival are under discussion

and we will announce you as soon as possible.

The existing tickets can be refunded so please keep your ticket with you.

We truly apologize for the inconvenience to those who have been looking forward to this event

and ask for your kind understanding.

Friends of El Sistema Japan

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About the Festival

Ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games,
World Children’s Music Festival will be held in April 2020.

About 300 children from Japan and 32 children from 5 continents will be on the same stage.
With different backgrounds, different languages, with or without disabilities,

but they all share the value of El Sistema, a social action program started in Venezuela.

In addition, the world renowned artists who are from/have sympathy for El Sistema

get together and support the children.

Children could face something hard to deal with when they encounter various languages and cultures, however, once they cross those barriers and become united under the beauty of music,
what will they discover on the stage?

The biggest challenge that awaits young musicians is the Beethoven's Symphony No.9.
The year 2020 will happen to celebrate his 250th birth anniversary.
Despite his struggle against the hearing loss, Beethoven composed this Ode to Joy with a hope for peace.
Performing this absolute masterpiece together should bring young musicians

 the power to overcome their difficulties and joy to get connected to each other though music.

Let’s celebrate diversity and peace together in this music festival!


Chorus & Chamber Music

April 3rd (Fri.) Starts 19:00(Opens 18:00)
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall
≪ Chorus ≫
 Maki Ueda / "Ametsuchi no Uta (Song of the nature)"
≪Chamber Music≫
 Saint-Saëns / Septet Op.65 etc.
≪ Chorus ≫
 Fujio Furuhashi
 Erika Colon
 Harumi Noma
 Soma Children's Chorus
 Tokyo White Hand Chorus
≪ Chamber Music ≫
 Alexis Cardenas (Violin)
 Ayana Tsuji (Violin)
 Ayako Tahara (Viola)
 Marek Szpakiewicz (Cello)
 Edicson Ruiz (Contrabass)
 Pacho Flores (Trumpet)
 Gonzalo Grau (Percussion)
 Mami Hagiwara (Piano)
(All Seats Specified /
Tax Included)
S : ¥4,000  A : ¥3,000
Students in high school and below / Disabled person : S・A  ¥1,000

*Tickets are non-refundable
*Discount tickets are available only on Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Box Office.
 Please show your student certificate or disability certificate at the Box Office counter.
 If you buy tickets by phone, or on the internet, please show certification when you receive
 your ticket at the Box Office counter.

Orchestra & Chorus

April 4th (Sat.) Starts 15:00(Opens 14:00)
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall

Beethoven Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op. 125
Pachelbel Canon in D Major



 Christian Vasquez


 Rena Otaka (Soprano)

 Yayoi Toriki (Alto)

 Shigehiro Sano (Tenor)

 Yosuke Takahashi (Bariton)


 Soma Children's Orchestra

 Otsuchi Children's Orchestra

 Komagane Children's Orchestra

 Talent Education Research Institute


 Youth Orchestra Los Angels (The United States)

 Kaposoka Music Academy (Angola)

 Big Noise from Sistema Scotland (United Kingdom)

 Orchestra of Dream (Korea)

 Sistema Aotearoa (New Zealand)

 Ação Social pela Música (Brazil)

 TUTTI Passeur d'Arts (France)
 Coro de Manos Blancas (Venezuela)


 Alexis Cardenas (Violin)

 Ayana Tsuji (Violin)

 Ayako Tahara (Viola)

 Richard Elegino (Viola)

 Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (Cello)

 Marek Szpakiewicz (Cello)

 Edicson Ruiz (Contrabass)

 Fergus McWilliam (Horn)

 Pacho Flores (Trumpet)


 Soma Children’s Chorus

 Tokyo White Hands Chorus

 Makuhari Sohgoh High School Chorus Club

(All Seats Specified /Tax Included)
S : ¥3,000  A : ¥2,000
in high school and below / Disabled person : S・A  ¥1,000
*Tickets are non-refundable
*Discount tickets are available only on Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Box Office.
 Please show your student certificate or disability certificate at the Box Office counter.
 If you buy tickets by phone, or on the internet, please show certification when you receive
 your ticket at the Box Office counter.


Children from Japan

©FESJ/2019/Mariko Tagashira




Children from the World

※By clicking the name of the groups, you will be redirected to the website of each group.※

The United States of America

The United Kingdom

The Federative Republic of Brazil

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The Republic of Angola

The Republic of Korea

The French Republic

New Zealand

Artists who Support Children

※By Clicking the name of an artist, you will be redirected to the website.※

April 4th  Orchestra & Chorus  Conductor

Born in Caracas in 1984. Christian began conducting studies under the tutelage of José Antonio Abreu in 2006 and was appointed Music Director of the Aragua Juvenile Symphony Orchestra Jose Felix Ribas soon after.

In April 2008, he made his debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, conducting Mahler symphony No.2. 
He was appointed Music Director of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, leading them to the Salzburg Festival in 2013.

In 2015, he toured Asia with the orchestra, visiting and holding a concert in Soma, Fukushima prefecture where first El Sistema program in Japan has started. 2018 sees Christian return to the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra for Beethoven 9 concerts as part of the orchestra’s long-standing December tradition.

Christian Vásquez became Chief Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra since 2013 to May 2019, Principal Guest Conductor of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015.

Conductor Christian Vásquez continues to attract international attention as one of the most outstanding Venezuelan conductors working today.

©Dahory Gonzalez

April 3rd Chorus Conductor

White Hand Chorus Conductor

©Shigeto Imura





©Hisashi Morifuji



©Mathew Imaging


©Peter Adamik











©Marco Borggreve


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We are trying to make this World Children's Music Festival
comfortable and enjoyable to anyone with any backgrounds.

To achieve our goal of “a festival of diversity”, we hope each one of you will join us
as a supporter of the World Children’s Music Festival, not only to purchase a regular tickets.

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Who are we?

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El Sistema is a social action music program that was founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu.Since then, El Sistema and El Sistema inspired programs have spread to more than 70 countries/areas around the world.
In Japan, first El Sistema-inspired program was launched in 2012 in Soma, Fukushima prefecture by Friends of El Sistema Japan, after the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami. Currently, we expanded our programs to Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, Komagane, Nagano prefecture and Tokyo.
What we value are that, 1) regardless of the their background, any children can learn in an orchestra and chorus, where you can work with their companions, 2) children can gain self-esteem and dignity, building the power to define their own path in their lives, and that they are connected through music


What is Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL?

This World Children's Music Festival is supported by Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL program.
Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is an initiative that will see a variety of cultural programs unfold in the run-up to

the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and promote Tokyo as a city of arts and culture.


Our Supporters

Supported by:Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture,
       Water Dragon Foundation, The Tokyo Club

Sponsored by:Kikkoman Corporation
Assisted by : KAJIMOTO, Ozawa Art Planning, LlC, El Sistema Connect 

Under the auspice of:Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, American Embassy, Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Japan, 
            British Council, Embassy of Korea in Japan/Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of Venezuela in Japan

            Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon


Directions and Accessibility


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre   Concert Hall

1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Tel: 03-5391-2111 Fax: 03-5391-2215

2-minute walk from West Exit of Ikebukuro Station on JR lines, Tokyo Metro lines, Tobu Tojo Line, and Seibu Ikebukuro Line
*Directly accessible from Exit 2b of Ikebukuro Station underground passage

《See the Official Directions of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre》


Wheelchair Accessibility

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre has Wheelchair accessible seats. As the number of available seats is limited, please contact Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Box Office for the available seat

  • Manual wheelchairs are available on the following floors, and they can be used for free if they are not occupied. The wheelchairs are rented out on a first-come-first-served basis. If you wish to use a wheelchair, please contact the theatre staff directly
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets (Multipurpose Toilets) are located in Concert Hall as well as on B1F, 2F, and 5F. Please ask the nearest theatre staff.

Assistance Dog Admission

  • Assistance dogs may be accompanied inside the building and into each theatre hall.
    *Assistance Dogs are guide dogs, mobility service dogs and hearing dogs for those in need, and may accompany their owners into the building and the halls.

  • An assistance dog toilet equipped with a tap and a hose is located on the 1F of the theatre. It is located outside but has a roof and open to general public. Please feel free to ask a security staff or theatre staff about how to use the facility.
    Open: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM (on working days)

    * Please pick up and take the garbage with you. Dog potty pads and bags are available at the Security Control Center.
    * Please use the Multipurpose Toilets on the B1F, 2F, and 5F if you wish to stay indoors.

Assistive Listening Service

  • Writing boards are available at the Box Office and the stage door on the 1F for those with hearing impairment.

  • Hearing loop is an assistive listening technology system for individuals with hearing aids or cochlear implants for delivery of sounds from the stage in a more effective manner. Please contact theatre stuff for further information.

Guests with Small Children

Nursing & Diaper Changing Rooms

  • The Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre has a private nursing room equipped with a small kitchen on the 5F. Next to the nursing room is a diaper changing station.

  • Diaper changing stations are also available in some Multipurpose toilets.

Child Care Services

  • The Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre provides child care services for our guests at the nursery on the 5F so that parents with infants and young children can enjoy the performances.

    Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Childcare Services (5F)

    Age: from 3 months to preschool (Limited slots)
    Available: From 30 minutes before the performance starts until 30 minutes after the performance ends
      Age 1 & below:  ¥2,560 (tax included)
      Age 2- 6 (only preschool): ¥2,160 (tax included)

    ■Reservation & Contact
     Child Care Service Provider: Warabeuta, HITOWA Career Support Co., Ltd.      
      Tel: 0120-415-306 (Weekdays except holidays: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

      *Please state that you are contacting about the nursery reservations at The Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.
      *Please call on a weekday except for public holidays, at least one week before your visit