Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall

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Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall
General information
Town or city Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Country Japan
Coordinates 35°31′51.95″N 139°41′40.66″E / 35.5310972°N 139.6946278°E / 35.5310972; 139.6946278Coordinates: 35°31′51.95″N 139°41′40.66″E / 35.5310972°N 139.6946278°E / 35.5310972; 139.6946278
Opened 2004
Design and construction
Architect MHS Planners, Architects & Engineers
Other designers Nagata Acoustics

Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall (ミューザ川崎シンフォニーホール Myūza Kawasaki Shinfonī Hōru?) is a concert hall in Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. The name is coined from music and za (?) lit. 'seat'.[1] The vineyard-style concert hall, with a capacity of 1,997, was built for the eightieth anniversary of the foundation of the city.[1][2]

The hall opened in July, 2004 with a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.[citation needed] In that year the orchestra, previously without a permanent home, took up residence.[3][4] Well known for its acoustics, the hall has seen concerts by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic.[1][4][5] The bell to announce the imminent start of a concert at the hall is a recording of the bell at Salzburg Cathedral.[1]

Tōhoku earthquake and 2-year closure of hall[edit]

Despite being over three hundred kilometres from the epicentre, the hall was greatly damaged in the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake.[3] The ceiling collapsed. Much of the acoustical paneling and related material was destroyed. Ruptures to the automatic fire-sprinkler system caused widespread water damage.[3][4] As a result, the hall was closed. Performances during much of 2011 were cancelled. Those sufficiently far into the future at the time of the disaster were rescheduled for other Kawasaki and neighboring-city venues, still under the auspices of Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall. A plan for repair and reconstruction was established. Funds were secured, partly from government sources. A fund-raising concert at the Salzburger Festspiele with Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, and Ivor Bolton conducting the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg helped raise additional money. The restored hall is expected to open on 1 April 2013.[1][3]


  • October 1983 - Kawasaki City makes concept Announcement
  • October 1989 - Development begins by the city's public services corporation
  • December 2003 - Kawasaki Central Tower is completed
  • July 1 and 3, 2004 - Grand Opening performances
  • March 2011 - Earthquake, collapse of ceiling, and hall closure
  • April 2013 - Expected hall reopening


  • 1997 seats, including 10 wheelchair positions.
  • 150 seat assembly hall, practice, study and exhibition rooms.
  • Pipe organ & other stage devices designed to support an orchestra

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Salzburg Donates To Rebuilding MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall". Nippon Foundation. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall - Facilities". Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Chiho Iuchi (8 December 2011). "Quake-stricken orchestra plays on in style". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra Impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake" (PDF). Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall". Nagata Acoustics. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 

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