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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 provided by: Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra

Feel free to enjoy! Life with concerts
File.4 Beethoven Symphony No.9
(Saburo Morimitsu / music writer)

Speaking of the end of the year, it is "the ninth".
4th Movement "Ode to Joy". The moment when the 100-strong chorus standing behind the stage suddenly stood up all at once! No matter how many times I experience it, I get chills.

Still 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 completely a feature of December.

A few years after Japan's defeat in the war, it was played frequently, so the Japanese people's fondness for the ninth symphony has a long history.
Since the number of performers will increase with the addition of the chorus, it is said that all relatives will be mobilized to earn money on New Year's Eve. This is probably because the wonderful melody of "Song of Joy" perfectly matched the sensibility of the Japanese people.
*Image provided by: Yokosuka Arts Theater

Composed by Beethoven, Symphony No.
The first performance was 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 was held?
What a prisoner of war camp in Tokushima Prefecture!
The time is 1918 (Taisho 7).
It is surprising to hear that German soldiers who were taken prisoner by the Japanese army in China after World War I played it. This happened exactly 100 years ago.
* "Orchestra group photo in the auditorium" Image courtesy of Naruto German Museum

However, in Germany, although there are prestigious orchestras that perform on New Year's Eve, it seems that there is no image of "the end of the year = the ninth".
However, for Germans and Europeans, there seems to be something even more special, something very urgent: the ninth.

When the war-destroyed Vienna State Opera was rebuilt.
At the end of 1989, the Berlin Wall fell.
The following year, when East and West Germany were reunified.
And above all, "Ode to Joy" has been adopted as the song of the European Union (EU).
The content of the lyrics by the poet Schiller used in "Ode to Joy" is a hymn to humanity and a strong appeal for people's solidarity.
And Beethoven's music!
From his late twenties, he suffered from hearing problems, which could be called the life of a musician, to the extent that he even sent a letter to an acquaintance that looked like a suicide note.
A tremendous desire to create, always seeking newness, and the suffering that accompanies it.
By the age of 40, he had lost most of his hearing in both ears. In other words, "The Ninth" is composed in such a situation.
Poor health due to hearing loss. Grumpy stubborn.
Despite his love of cleanliness, he is not good at tidying up his room, and is said to have moved 60 times.
In other words, Beethoven lived a difficult life.
That is why idealistic messages such as peace, freedom, and solidarity will never end as beautiful things, but will reach the hearts of people around the world as a fresh and more compelling "light of hope."

Introduction to the 1st movement reminiscent of the beginning of the universe
Is the second movement a dance of joy and anguish?
Heavenly beautiful 3rd movement
And it begins...
me, you, and the world
Resonate, "Song of Joy"!!

All the following events have ended.

[Kanagawa Prefecture "Ninth" concert information]

《Kanagawa Kenmin Hall》
Concert for Youth Yokohama Symphony Orchestra 691st Regular Concert
Date and time: December 16th (Sun) 14:00 start (13:00 open)
Conductor: Yuuki Tobinaga
Soprano Ayano Takashina / Alto Ri Yanori / Tenor Shohei Ushiroda / Baritone Toshiki Takeuchi
Orchestra: Yokohama Symphony Orchestra
Chorus: Society for Singing Yokochou and Ninth Symphony, Yokocho Chorus
Price: All seats reserved 2,000 yen


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

(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 Chorus
Price: S seat 7,000 yen, A seat 5,500 yen, B seat 4,000 yen
Youth (under 25 years old) 1,000 yen for each seat type only on the day
Senior (over 70 years old) 10% discount for each seat type


《Yokohama Minatomirai Hall》
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra 9th Special Concert 2018

Date: December 15th (Sat) 18:00 start (17:10 open)
Conductor: Michiyoshi Inoue
Soprano Hidemiko Suga/alto Sumie Fukuhara/tenor Ken Nishikori/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 yen, P seat No longer available
Ys (under 25 years old) 3,500 yen *Few seats left


Date: December 22 (Sat) 18:00 start (17:20 open)
Conductor: Kenichiro Kobayashi
Soprano Tomiko Ando / Alto Makiko Yamashita / Tenor Ken Nishikori / 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 yen
Gs (over 65 years old) 6,000 yen, Ys (under 25 years old) 3,500 yen *Few seats left


《Yokosuka Arts Theater》
■ Yokosuka Art 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 Ichiro Sawasaki / Baritone Takashi Tomokiyo
Orchestra: Yokosuka Symphony Orchestra
Chorus: Yokosuka Arts Theater Chorus
Price: S seat ends, A seat 1,600 yen, B seat 1,100 yen


《Kamakura Art Museum》
Kamakura Arts Center "9th" 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 Art Museum "9th" 2018 Chorus
Price: 2,000 yen for all reserved seats, 1,000 yen for students (4 to 24 years old)


《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 (doors open at 15:20) *Foyer concert by high school chorus from 15:30
Conductor: Kentaro Inui
Soprano Mizuka Kobayashi / Alto Marino Yokose / Tenor Neiro Ohtake / Baritone Naoki Kawada
Orchestra: Tokyo New City Orchestra
Chorus: Let's sing the 9th in Ebina Chorus, Kanagawa Prefectural Ebina High School Chorus Club, 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 "9th" limited seat 2,000 yen


《Ayase City Owens Cultural Center》
Ayase Promenade Concert "9th"
Date: December 16th (Sun) 15:00 start (14:30 open)
Conductor: Yukio Kitahara
Soprano Satomi Ogawa / Mezzo-soprano Mayumi Makino / Tenor Satoshi Chubachi / Baritone Naoki Kawada
Orchestra: Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus: Ayase Promenade Concert Chorus
Price: All seats reserved 1,000 yen

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