The music of the orchestra pays attention to the Kanagawa Phil created in this way and the staff power that supports the music!
The Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra (hereinafter referred to as the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra) has been forced to cancel regular concerts at the request of self-restraint in the Corona Era. Many people may have felt sad because they could not touch the live music.
But ok, the Kanagawa Philharmonic and the music are fine!
The concert has been restarted little by little since the effectiveness of infection control measures has been verified and the prevention guidelines have been established. It seems that many people have renewed their thoughts that "the music of the orchestra is supported by the power of various people..." after seeing various efforts to resume it.
So, this time, I visited the Kanagawa Philharmonic rehearsal venue and interviewed the staff who support the wonderful sound.
We visited the Kanagawa Art Hall in Hodogaya Park. On this day, the rehearsal for the regular concert was resumed, even though the performers and programs were changed.
First of all, start with the stage construction according to the orchestra formation. The hall is designed for a wide range of practice and performances such as music, theatre, and butoh, and the stage can be divided into 3 parts, and the height can be changed in 4 stages, so the setup is very smooth.
The setting on the stage affects the “sound” of the orchestra, so be careful when arranging the chairs. Especially now, as a measure against the new type of corona infection, the intervals between players are set wider, so we will carefully set it while measuring it on a scale.
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Each music stand has different preferences for height and angle, so adjust each one carefully. Some of the staff of head Nante preferences of members one person alone is almost entered, is incredible!
Widely used up to the front of the hall to complete the rehearsal setting. Although the work of a familiar Art Hall, is expected to become fully equipped in less than 1 hour.
It seems that this kind of stage setting is a "stage manager" job, but who is that?
We interviewed Atsushi Terakado, the stage manager of the Kanagawa Philharmonic.
What kind of job is a stage manager?
In a word, it is "everything other than performance on stage". The task is to create an environment where the players can concentrate on the performance without stress at the concert, so the specific tasks are diverse.
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First of all, once the concert program is decided, check the arrangement of the musical instruments and arrange the musical instruments and arrange them on the stage. When playing classical songs at the Kanagawa Philharmonic's home like today, there is almost a flow, but at the first venue, we will draw a layout drawing while meeting with the person in charge and carry in and out instruments and equipment. It is necessary to decide one by one. If you need a musical instrument that the Kanagawa Phil doesn't have, you can arrange it by renting it, but in modern music sometimes "musical instrument" called "this is Nani?" (Lol).
If the composition changes for each song, check the movement of the instruments and chairs during the rehearsal, and make arrangements to proceed smoothly and safely. In addition, if something happens (such as an earthquake), we must respond quickly, so we can't take our eyes off the stage during production.
Does setting the stage change a lot?
Of course, the composition of musical instruments differs depending on the song, but even for the same song, the arrangement changes depending on the size of the venue and the conductor, so it is necessary to meet properly especially for the first meeting. Depending on the balance of the sound and the ease of listening, we may make adjustments so that it will be in the best state in production, or decide the overall arrangement in response to the request of the soloist who specifies the standing position "I want to play here" There are also cases. It may be interesting for this work to feel the change in sound due to such settings.
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What is "Kanagawa Philharmonic attraction" that Mr. Terakado feels?
I have been with the Kanagawa Philharmonic for about 20 years, but I feel that it is an organization where the members can work together toward music. Not only in concert halls, but also in commercial facilities and outdoor spaces, the repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary music, opera and pop. I think that gaining various experiences does not mean “good/bad” or “growth”, but that the charm of an orchestra expands.
I couldn't listen to the live performance for about half a year at this time, so I was really happy when I heard the live sound after a long time.
And finally the rehearsal started.
Stop playing every few bars and the maestro will give you various instructions. Even if it is a famous song that has been played many times, its interpretation and tempo may differ slightly depending on the conductor. Maestro will challenge classical music with a new interpretation, as expected, but the members of the Kanagawa Philharmonic who respond quickly to that challenge are also wonderful!
Suddenly I was worried about what the players were writing in the score.
There are various musical instruments in the orchestra, so you can imagine that there are various musical scores. If you went to one person alone is to write further to the score, it is somehow going to be a complicated thing. In the first place, who prepares and manages the score of the orchestra?
The librarian, Tamae Yamaji, answered such a simple question.
What kind of job is a librarian?
Roughly speaking, it is “preparation” and “management” of the score.
First, we will arrange the score after the performance program is decided. However, it is important to confirm with the conductor what version you want to use, as the nuances of the same song may differ slightly depending on the publisher. If the specified score is not in the Kanagawa Phil Library, we may purchase it or rent it due to copyright.
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It is normal for players to take note of the conductor's instructions during rehearsals, as the same song cannot be played the same each time. Up and down of bowing (bow bowing method) may be confirmed by the conductor before the rehearsal and written by the librarian. As each player writes the conductor's instructions into this, the music unique to that orchestra is created.
What made you decide to work as a librarian?
I had an orchestra lesson at a music college, but I was moved by the fact that the music scores were prepared in advance. When I learned of the job of a librarian who supports a gorgeous orchestra behind me, I thought "cool!"
How is it actually going?
It was a tougher job than I expected (laughs). When preparing a score for a concert, we may repair the score that has been used up, or glue the pages together to make it easier for players to play. Music expertise is required, but the important thing is to be able to move ahead of what the player wants.
By the way, this is the tape used for restoration and bonding. Made of Japanese paperSince it has little deterioration over time, it has the advantage that it is difficult to be thick even if it overlaps, and it is also used for restoration of books. In the case of sheet music, since staples are sometimes used for binding, we may remove the staples and re-bind them with tape before rusting.
What is the "Kanagawa Philharmonic attraction" that Mr. Yamaji feels?
What I'm looking forward to as a fan is that there are two concert masters with different personalities. On top of that, I play a wide range of genres, from classical to contemporary music and pop, so I never get tired of listening to it every day (laughs). I think that variety is a unique feature of the Kanagawa Philharmonic, so I would like everyone to listen to it.
Finally, we interviewed Mr. Koichiro Taga, the public relations officer who arranged the interview.
What kind of work is public relations?
First of all, once the concert program is decided, we make flyers and posters according to it, distribute it to the appropriate places, and use the media to widely publicize. In addition, in order to let everyone know about the charm of the orchestra, including the kind of coverage that we have today, it is also important to send information to various media on a daily basis.
Aspects of this work What is white?
It's a job that never takes place on the front stage, but we are happy when we see customers go home with a smile while saying "good" after the performance. People who do not usually listen to the orchestra, such as when holding a free concert at a shopping mall, will stop and listen to the music with happiness. When I encounter such a scene, I truly feel that I am glad to have this job.
Actually, there was a time when I was aiming to be a player. If that dream doesn't come true, should you aim for a job that supports the musician, or should you look for a completely different path? After some trial and error, I was able to meet the job of public relations for the Kanagawa Philharmonic. From now on, I think that having experienced a work other than music at the time when I was worried lived in my current work.
After all do you need specialized knowledge about music?
I think it is better to have the minimum necessary knowledge, but I don't have to be a person who has specialized knowledge. What is important is love for the orchestra. As a business, there may be an idea that “you just need to sell tickets,” but if it's limited to the orchestra's publicity, I think it's most important to be able to convey your feelings and affection for music. It is a fact that even with a concert that we have created with all our hearts, there will be "one more" performance for our customers. It is very disappointing, but I am happy that I can share my passion for music with the members of the orchestra and our customers, and share emotions and feelings.
Please tell us what you would like to do in the future or want to challenge.
I want to connect more with the local people. I think we can do more with Yokohama F. Marinos and DeNA Baystars, and I would like companies in Kanagawa to know more about the local orchestra. Personally, I would like to connect with public relations people in various industries, not just the music industry, share information, and get ideas for exciting the Kanagawa Philharmonic.
Kanagawa Phil is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Unfortunately, there are many concerts and events that have been discontinued or postponed due to measures against new coronavirus infections, but in the future, I would like to restart gradually while thoroughly implementing preventive measures. I feel that the passion that is hidden inside the music created by the Kanagawa Phil is unique. Please come to the concert and experience the live orchestra music.
*The Kanagawa Philharmonic has given a concert invitation ticket to Magcal.net readers! Details are at the end of the page.
[What is the Kanagawa Art Hall? ]
5 studios, a restaurant, and an exhibition corner. Initially, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra was set up (currently relocated to Naka-ku, Yokohama) and is still used for rehearsals, etc., and the pattern may be open to the public (currently to prevent new corona infections). , Public rehearsals are suspended).
The hall can accommodate up to 300 people. The stage curtain and lighting equipment are also available, so it can be used for various recitals and concerts, as well as for dance and theater performances.
In Kanagawa Prefecture, in order to further promote the efforts of " Magcal Theater " , in addition to the studio HIKARI of the Prefectural Youth Center that has been utilized so far, "Magcal Theater in Art Hall" with Kanagawa Art Hall as the performance venue has started. did. Please stay tuned!
Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra gave a concert invitation ticket to Magcal Dot Net readers!
[Kanagawa Philharmonic Concert Ebina Performance]
[Date] October 21, 2020 (Wednesday) 19:00 start
[Venue] Ebina Culture Hall Large Hall
[Conductor] Mirai Abe (Conductor))
Airi Sunada (soprano)
Naoki Kawada (baritone)
Ebina Citizen's Opera Chorus (Chorus)
Glinka / Overture to the opera "Ruslan and Lyudmila"
Donizetti / Benedette queste carte from the opera "L'elisir d'Amour"!
Donizetti / Come paride vezzoso from the opera "L'elisir d'Amour"
"Toreador Song" from Bizet / Opera "Carmen"
"Vilja-lied Duet" from Lehar / Comedy "Merry Widow"
Verdi / Va, pensiero from the opera "Nabucco"
Mascagni / "Gli aranci olezzano" from the opera "Cavaleria Rusticana"
Dvorak / Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op.95 "From the New World"
* Performers, songs, etc. may change due to unavoidable circumstances.
[Price] All seats reserved ¥ 4,000 / Youth (under 25 years old) ¥ 2,000
[Inquiries] Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra Tel.045-226-5107 (Tuesday / Wed 10: 00-13: 00)
* Please refrain from entering preschool children.
* The conductor Shigeo Genda, who was scheduled to appear in the tour-sponsored performance "Future Concert Ebina Performance", can no longer perform due to circumstances. Miki Abe will take the lead. There is no change in the program.
[Summary of gift application]
From 19:00 on October 21st (Wednesday), we will present 3 groups of 6 people with a viewing ticket for the "Kanagawa Philharmonic Concert Ebina Performance" to be held at the Ebina City Cultural Center Large Hall.
If you would like to receive a viewing ticket, please apply using the application form below. We are looking forward to your application.
Until 23:59 on Friday, October 2, 2020
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Winning announcement will be replaced by the winning notification by the above email. On the day of the performance, please present the winning notification email at the reception desk of the "Ebina Culture Hall Large Hall" at the venue. The staff will give you a ticket.
* The personal information you receive will not be used for any purpose other than the lottery.
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