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File.11 Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra "Yume Concert"
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal editorial department)
The "Yume Concert" held by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra is a wonderful project to visit elementary schools in the prefecture and let children experience the live performance of the orchestra. It's fascinating that there is a collaboration project where everyone "makes music" rather than just listening to the performance. I'm sure you can hear the wonderful sound, so I asked Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra to participate.
I visited Tsukui Elementary School in Yokosuka City on that day. Prior to the concert, a member of the orchestra held a workshop in December last year. The school is filled with an atmosphere that welcomes the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and is very friendly.
Currently, about 70 people are enrolled in the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, but more than 50 of them will participate, so it is a full-fledged orchestra concert.
The members gathered in the morning and rehearsed firmly. Even during the lunch break, you can see the scenery of detailed meetings and confirmations for each part, and you can feel the excitement toward the actual performance even in a peaceful atmosphere.
And finally, children's admission!
The lower grades have castanets and keyboard harmonica, and the upper grades have recorders. Perhaps even among the children, the feeling of "finally the production" is increasing.
Yokosuka City is offering an opportunity for fifth graders to experience the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra at the Yokosuka Arts Theater. However, it must be the first time for most children to come into contact with a real orchestra. The atmosphere of the gymnasium is different from usual, and I'm a little excited.
First of all, the prelude from Bizet's "Carmen" and "Farandole" from "L'Arlésienne", starting with songs that are familiar to the ear.
Suddenly amazing power!
The conductor, Miki Abe, is also crazy!
Many musical instruments ring all at once, and the volume seems to be overwhelming.
Next, while introducing the orchestra's instruments, we selected songs that are familiar to each and showed off the tones. Some children hum the melody unintentionally, so it's kind of fun. It's the first instrument I've seen, but I feel like I'm getting closer.
The violin was introduced by Yasunao Ishida, the chief solo concertmaster. I think it's a luxury to hear Mr. Ishida's violin so close. It seems that big musical instruments are better for children, and tuba is very popular!
And it's finally time to showcase the results of the workshop.
In the lower grades, he participated in "Toy Symphony" composed by L. Mozart with castanets and keyboard harmonica.
On the other hand, in the upper grades, he participated in Elgar's composition "Pomp and Circumstance" as a recorder!
As many of you may know, "Pomp and Circumstance" is a song that is performed at the end of the annual summer festival in the UK, and it gets really exciting. The dramatic sound of the orchestra and the melody played by the children are united to create glittering music that can only be experienced here. I feel strangely happy
Next, a big chorus was performed along with Tsukui Elementary School's original song "Minna Tsukuikko". Actually, this song was written and composed by the students of Tsukui Elementary School and arranged for the orchestra. It's amazing ... You can listen to the songs made by the children in the orchestra and sing together!
At the end, the hot energy of Sibelius's "Finlandia" envelops the entire gymnasium. Magnificent and beautiful music deserves the word "impressive".
Encore sang a school song specially arranged for the orchestra. In addition, a CD of the same song recorded by Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra will be presented!
If you participate in this program, there is no doubt that more children will think that the orchestra is cool! The future of the classical music world in Kanagawa Prefecture may be bright ?!
After the performance, we asked the members of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra what they thought of today.
It's been about my 4th year, and I'm grateful for the warm welcome from every school every year. It's fun to be able to directly convey the feeling that you're a little sleepy and that you're listening hard because you're close to the children. (Mr. Mirai Abe / Conductor)
The corner where everyone sings and co-stars is very nice. I think many children listen to the orchestra for the first time, but I think it's a wonderful experience to create the atmosphere of the venue together. (Marie Koyama / Oboe)
When I give a concert at a gymnasium where I usually hold physical education classes and morning assemblies, everyone becomes a "face of a stranger" (laughs). It may be a little different from the concert hall, but what we do is the same. I feel that everyone is happy, so I'm more impressed. (Nobuyuki Hirao / Percussion)
This year's "Yume Concert" ends before the spring holidays with fun memories. I'm looking forward to seeing a wonderful concert next year and encountering various kinds of music.