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For 100 yen, enjoy the colorful and beautiful sounds of a pipe organ

100円で満喫! 多彩で美しいパイプオルガンの音色

The world of art that you can go, see, and feel
File.4 Yokohama Minatomirai Hall Bank of Yokohama Presents Children's Future Music Program "Children's Organ $ 1 Concert"
(Miyuki Inoue / Copywriter)

"Organ $ 1 Concert" is one of the popular projects at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall. Literally for $ 1 (or 100 yen), you can listen to a full-scale organ concert in the big hall you admire, and every time there is a long line before the opening.
Held eight times a year, the Bank of Yokohama Presents Children's Future Music Program "Children's Organ $ 1 Concert" was held in August, which even a 0-year-old child can enter. I went out after confirming that the program was not "for children" and that it was something that even adults could enjoy and that there was no age limit for admission.

I visited there when I was 0 years old, so there were a lot of moms pushing strollers at the entrance. How happy babies are to be exposed to real music from such a young age! I'm sure they will grow up to be sensitive adults.
By the way, at the children's concert, there is a "stroller parking area" in the lobby, so you can rest assured.
Admission is 100 yen for both adults and children.
Since it is a "1 dollar concert", you can pay with 1 dollar bills and coins, but you can also pay with IC cards such as suica.

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Finally enter the large hall.
I was a little worried because there was a long line before the opening, but the big hall with 2020 seats is not afraid. It's best to line up early to get your favorite seats, but if you arrive five minutes before the show, it's almost okay.
When I asked the hall, I heard that in the case of a pipe organ concert, the seats on the 3rd floor are recommended if the sound quality is important. If you want to enjoy it at the same height as the organ, you can choose the seats on the second floor, and if you want to see it up close, you can choose the seats on the stage side.
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The organ installed in the large hall is made by CB Fisk of the United States. It is nicknamed "Lucy" which means "light", which is suitable for a bright and brilliant tone. The hall itself was architecturally designed with the organ in mind, so the whole resonates as a single instrument, and the audience feels as if they are surrounded by the tone of the organ. (From Hall HP)
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This is a seagull sculpture on a Honduras mahogany case. The design full of esprit like Yokohama is wonderful. It's under the pipes lined up in the center and above the music stand, so watch carefully.

There was time until the performance started, so I will moisturize my throat at the drink corner. Unlike evening concerts, the foyer is full of bright sunshine, so a moderately chilled white wine suits you.
By the way, wine comes with snacks and costs 400 yen per cup. This is also bliss.

And finally the concert started.
There are songs that you have heard once, including JS Bach, which you remember learning at school, so you can enjoy it with confidence.
From Saint-Saens's "The Carnival of Animals", the "Aquarium" has an impressive mysterious sound like the metallophone of "Celesta" built into the pipe organ. In "Swan", the simple tone that is typical of an organ will heal your heart.
And the end of the 40-minute concert is from Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance". It is said that pipe organs with various tones are sometimes called "one-person orchestra", but the magnificent performance that fits the name made me feel energetic, "I'll do my best in the afternoon!".

On this day, there was a souvenir sale of "Animal Sable" as "Children's Organ $ 1 Plus". Penguins, giraffes, and lion sables are sold as a set, which seems to be a collaboration project with the "Carnival of Nogeyama Zoo" to be held two days later. I'm vulnerable to the special feeling of "only now", so I naturally buy it and go home. This is also one of the fun

Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall
《Organ $ 1 Concert》

■ October 10th (Wednesday) 12:10 Start Ballint Karoshi
* There is $ 1 at night! 19:00 start
■ November 28 (Wednesday) 12:10 Start Yasuko Harada

2019
■ January 23 (Wednesday) 12:10 start Naomi Shiga
■ February 27 (Wednesday) 12:10 Start Eric Suter
■ March 20th (Wednesday) 12:10 Start Satoko Kawagoe

《Organ concert from 0 years old》

■ September 5th (Wednesday) 11: 00 start / 14: 00 start

*For more information
http://www.yaf.or.jp/mmh/index.php

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