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Children perform with orchestra! Kanagawa Philharmonic “Yume Concert”

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Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra “Yume Concert”

Miyuki Inoue (Magcal Editorial Department)

The “Yume Concert”, organized by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, is a wonderful plan to visit elementary schools in the prefecture and have their children touch the live performances of the orchestra. It is very attractive that there is a collaboration project that not only listens to performances but also makes music together. I was sure I could hear a wonderful sound ... I asked Kanagawa Phil to participate.

I visited Yukusuka City Tsukui Elementary School on this day. Prior to the concert, a member of the orchestra was holding a workshop last December. The school is filled with an atmosphere that welcomes the Kanagawa Philharmonic and is very friendly

The Kanagawa Philharmonic currently has about 70 people, but more than 50 of them will participate, making it a full-fledged orchestra concert.
Members gathered in the morning and rehearsed first. During the lunch break, you can see a detailed meeting and confirmation for each part.
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Finally, children enter!
Lower grades have castanets and keyboard harmonica, and upper grades have recorders. Perhaps the feeling of “real” is growing among the children.

Yokosuka City has a chance to experience the Kanagawa Philharmonic concert at the Yokosuka Arts Theater for fifth graders. Nevertheless, it must be the first time for most children to experience a real orchestra. A little pounding in the atmosphere of the gymnasium different from usual.
Start with a prelude from Bizet's “Carmen”, “Farlandol” from “The Girl of Arles”, and songs that are familiar to the ears.

Suddenly amazing power!
Ms. Miki Abe, the conductor, is also incredible!
Many musical instruments sound all at once and seem to be overwhelmed by the volume.

Next, while introducing orchestral instruments, select a song that is familiar to each, and perform the sound. There is a child who messed up the melody unintentionally, and it is fun. This is the first instrument I see, but I feel a little closer.
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The violin was introduced by Yasutaka Ishida, chief solo concert master. I think it's so luxurious to be able to listen to Ishida's violin so close. Children seem to like a big musical instrument, and tuba is very popular!

Now is the time to show off the results of the workshop.
In the lower grades, he participated in “Toy Symphony” by L. Mozart with castanets and keyboard harmonica.
On the other hand, in the upper grades, he participated in the Elgar composition “Weifeng Majestic” as a recorder!

As many of you know, “Weifeng Majestic” is a song that is played at the last of the summer festivals that are held every year in the UK, and it gets really excited. The dramatic sound of the orchestra and the melodies that children play hard combine to create sparkling music that can only be experienced here. Somehow mysteriously happy

Next, we performed a chorus together with Tsukui Elementary School's original song “Minna Tsukushiko”. Actually, this song was composed for the orchestra by the students of Tsukui Elementary School. It ’s amazing… you can listen to the songs made by the children in the orchestra and sing together!
The last is a hot song from Sibelius's "Finlandia" Energy envelops the entire gymnasium. Magnificent and beautiful music is appropriate for the word “impression”.
Encore sang a school song specially arranged for orchestra. In addition, you will receive a CD of the same song recorded by the Kanagawa Philharmonic!
If you participate in this program, the number of children who think that an orchestra is cool! Can the future of classical music in Kanagawa be bright ?!

After the show, I asked Kanagawa Phil members about what they thought today.

I am in my 4th year, and I am grateful to have a warm welcome everywhere. It's fun to get a direct feeling that you're a little sleepy or listening hard, because you are close to the children. (Mr. Abe / conductor)

The corner where everyone sings and plays together is very nice. I think there are many children listening to orchestras for the first time, but I think it is a wonderful experience to create the atmosphere of the venue together. (Mari Furuyama / Oboe)

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This year's “Yume Concert” ends with good memories before the spring break. I'm looking forward to seeing a wonderful concert next year and meeting various music.