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The end of the year in Japan is "9th"! (With concert information in Kanagawa prefecture)

ニッポンの年末は「第九」でしょ!(神奈川県内コンサート情報付)

(TOP image) Image courtesy of Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra

Feel free to enjoy! Living with a concert
File.4 Beethoven Symphony No. 9
(Kosaburo Mori / Music Writer)

The end of the year is the "ninth".
The 4th movement "Song of Delight". The moment when a chorus of about 100 people, who was waiting behind the stage, stood up all at once! No matter how many times I experience it, I get thrilled.

Even so, it is very popular.
With professional orchestras performing several times each, as well as citizen orchestras all performing, perhaps more than 100 concerts will be held across the country, and tens of thousands of people will be intoxicated with "Ode to Joy." Now it's a tradition of December.

A few years after the defeat, it was played frequently, so Japanese people like "Ninth" have a lot of seasons.
Since there are many performers including the chorus, it is said that all the relatives will be mobilized to earn a year-end salary, but the most popular factor of the "9th" is the "9th" movement " This is probably because the wonderful melody of "Symphony No. 9" matched the Japanese sensibility.
*Image provided by: Yokosuka Arts Theater

Symphony No. 9 composed by Beethoven.
It premiered in 1824, three years before he died at the age of 56. The last completed symphony. This is a story about 200 years ago.

By the way, that "ninth". Do you know where the premiere in Japan took place?
What a prisoner of war camp in Tokushima Prefecture!
It was 1918 (Taisho 7).
It is surprising that a German soldier who was taken prisoner of the Japanese army in China played after World War I. This is exactly 100 years ago.
* "Group photo of orchestra in the auditorium" Image courtesy of: Naruto German House

However, although there are prestigious orchestras performing on New Year's Eve in Germany, there seems to be no image of "year-end = ninth".
But for Germans and Europeans, there seems to be a more special, very compelling "ninth".

When the Vienna Operahouse, which was destroyed in the war, was rebuilt.
The end of 1989, when the Berlin Wall collapsed.
At the time of reunification of East and West Germany the following year.
And above all, "Ode to Joy" has been adopted as the song of the European Union (EU).
The fact that the lyrics of the poet Schiller used in "Ode to Joy" are human hymns and strongly appeal to people's solidarity is a testament to the European people as a source of hope.
And Beethoven's music!
From his late twenties, he was suffering from hearing problems that could be called the life of a musician, and even sent a suicide note to an acquaintance.
The tremendous motivation to create and the anguish that accompanies it, always seeking newness.
By the age of 40, it seems that both ears were almost inaudible. In other words, "Ninth" is also a composition in such a situation.
Poor physical condition due to deafness. A moody stubborn person.
An anecdote that he has moved 60 times because he is not good at cleaning up the room even though he likes to be beautiful.
In other words, Beethoven was a man who had a hard life.
That is why the idealistic message of peace, freedom and solidarity will never end in a beautiful way, but will reach the hearts of people all over the world as a fresher and more urgent "light of hope."

Introduction to the first movement reminiscent of the beginning of the universe
Is the second movement a dance of joy and anguish?
Heavenly beautiful 3rd movement
And it starts ...
To me, to you, and to the world
Resonate, "Song of Joy" !!

The following events have all ended.

[Kanagawa Prefecture "Ninth" Concert Information]

《Kanagawa Kenmin Hall》
■ Concert for Youth Yokohama Symphony Orchestra 691st Subscription Concert
Date: December 16th (Sun) 14:00 Start (13:00 Open)
Conductor: Yuuki Tobinaga
Soprano High-quality Ayano / Alto Ryotori / Tenor Shohei Gota / Baritone Toshiki Takeuchi
Orchestra: Yokohama Symphony Orchestra
Chorus: Symphony No. 9 Singing Party, Symphony Chorus
Price: All seats reserved 2,000 yen


■ Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra Subscription Concert "No.9"
Date and time: December 21st (Friday) 19:00 start (18:20 opening)

(c) Greg Sailor
Conductor: Junichi Hirokami
Soprano Eri Takahashi / Alto Rina Hirayama / Tenor Hiroyuki Yoshida / Baritone Takahito Asai
Orchestra: Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus: Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra
Price: S seat 7,000 yen, A seat 5,500 yen, B seat 4,000 yen
Youth (25 years old or younger) 1,000 yen for each seat type only on the day
Senior (over 70 years old) 10% discount for each seat type


《Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall》
■ Japan Philharmonic Orchestra 9th Special Concert 2018

Date: December 15th (Sat) 18:00 Start (17:10 open)
Conductor: Michiyoshi Inoue
Soprano Emiko Suga / Alto Sumie Fukuhara / Tenor Ken Nishikiori / Baritone Takashi Aoyama
Orchestra: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus: Tokyo College of Music
Price: S seat 9,000 yen, A seat 7,500 yen, B seat 7,000 yen, C seat 6,000, P seat end
Ys (25 years old or younger) 3,500 yen * Small seats left


Date: December 22nd (Sat) 18:00 Start (Open 17:20)
Conductor: Kenichiro Kobayashi
Soprano Amiko Ando / Alto Makiko Yamashita / Tenor Ken Nishikiori / Baritone Satoshi Aoto
Orchestra: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus: Tokyo College of Music
Price: S seat 9,000 yen, A seat 7,500 yen, B seat 7,000 yen, C seat 6,000
Gs (65 years old and over) 6,000 yen, Ys (25 years old and under) 3,500 yen * Small seats left


《Yokosuka Arts Theater》
■ Yokosuka Arts Theater Chorus Subscription Concert vol.45
Date: December 9th (Sun) 15:00 start (14:30 open)

Conductor: Keitaro Harada
Soprano Keiko Yoshihara / Alto Imi Narita / Tenor Kazunori Sawasaki / Baritone Takashi Tomosei
Orchestra: Yokosuka Symphony Orchestra
Chorus: Yokosuka Arts Theater Chorus
Price: S seat end, A seat 1,600 yen, B seat 1,100 yen


《Kamakura Performing Arts Center》
■ Kamakura Performing Arts Center "Ninth" 2018
Date: December 23 (Sun) 15:00 Start (14:15 Open)

From the 2017 performance stage (c) Yosuke Miyamori

Conductor: Erina Suzuki
Soprano Chikako Okuma / Alto Momoko Tokunaga / Tenor Masataka Sonoyama / Baritone Naoyuki Takeda
Orchestra: Kamakura Symphony Orchestra
Chorus: Kamakura Performing Arts Center "Ninth" 2018 Chorus
Price: All seats reserved 2,000 yen, students (4 to 24 years old) 1,000 yen


《Ebina City Cultural Center》
■ Ebina Beethoven Concert Concerto & 9th 2018
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major / No. 9

Date: December 15th (Sat) 16:00 Start (15:20 opening) * Foyer concert by high school chorus club from 15:30
Conductor: Inui Kentaro
Soprano Mizuka Kobayashi / Alto Marino Yokoze / Tenor Otake Tone / Baritone Naoki Kawada
Orchestra: Tokyo New City Orchestra
Chorus: Chorus to sing "Ninth" with Ebina, Kanagawa Prefectural Ebina Senior High School Chorus, Kanagawa Prefectural Ikuta High School Glee Club
Price: A seat 4,000 yen, A seat 3,500 yen, B seat 3,000 yen
* Part 2 "Ninth" limited seat 2,000 yen


《Ayase City Owens Cultural Center》
■ Ayase Promenade Concert "Ninth"
Date: December 16th (Sun) 15:00 start (14:30 open)
Conductor: Yukio Kitahara
Soprano Satomi Ogawa / Mezzo-soprano Mayumi Makino / Tenor Satoshi Nakabachi / Baritone Naoki Kawada
Orchestra: Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus: Ayase Promenade Concert Chorus
Price: All seats reserved 1,000 yen

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