Experience the world of drama with the performance of the Kanagawa Philharmonic! "Reversal Orchestra Special Concert"


On February 21st, the ``Reversal Orchestra Special Concert'' was held at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, a project of the Nippon Television drama series ``Reversal Orchestra.'' “Reversal Orchestra” is broadcast every Wednesday at 10 p.m. on the Nippon Television network, and features Hatsune Tanioka, a former genius violinist played by Mugi Kadowaki, and Tokoha, an up-and-coming maestro played by Kei Tanaka. This is the story of Asahi's struggle to rebuild the Kodama Symphony Orchestra, a ponkotsu orchestra based in Nishi-Saitama City. It's an exhilarating musical entertainment that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer you up in the middle of the week, and I look forward to it every week.

The Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra (hereinafter referred to as the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra) supports the performance part, which can be said to be the key to this drama. The Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra not only performs the classical music performed in the drama, but also actually appears in the drama as a member of the Kodama Symphony Orchestra (hereinafter referred to as the "Gyokusho"). This time, we went to a special one-night-only concert where the Kanagawa Philharmonic performed a number of famous songs, including songs that appear in the drama.

When the curtain opens, guest concertmaster Takashi Aoki will begin tuning the performance. Conductor Kenjiro Sakairi appeared on stage, and the famous phrase "ja ja ja jan" rang out throughout the venue. Even though I am not familiar with classical music, I knew in that moment that this was Beethoven's ``destiny.'' The moment I heard this phrase, the nervousness I had about a ``classical concert performed by a professional orchestra'' melted away. Even familiar phrases became overwhelmingly powerful when heard through a live orchestra, and I began to get excited, feeling like I was destined to enjoy tonight's concert.

Next, ``Farandole'' from Suite 2 of Bizet's ``Les Les Arles'', which also appeared in the drama, and Elgar's March ``Pomp and Condition'' No. 1 were performed. <<Farandole>> was the song that demonstrated the Gyokukyo's pomposity in the first episode, but at the concert, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra's wonderful performance brightened up the venue. The sparkling tone of the flute solo that first attracted Hatsune to Gyokukyo captivated the entire venue.

In addition, <Pomp and Power> is an important song in the drama, as Hatsune Tanioka and Asahi Tokoha performed it in front of the audience for the first time with Gyokukyo in the third episode. The sounds evoked images of the drama, such as the parts that the members had repeatedly practiced and the excitement towards the end, and I was able to enjoy the real pleasure of this concert right away.

As a side note, Beethoven's ``Fate'' was first shown in the drama in episode 7, which aired the day after the concert. Enjoy the songs you heard at the concert in the drama, and enjoy the live sound of the songs you became familiar with in the drama. I was able to experience both, and I got the impression that the program was carefully put together so that people could enjoy it along with the drama.

After the performance of the three songs, Mugi Kadowaki and Kei Tanaka, who had been listening to the performance from the audience seats, went on stage. Mr. Kadowaki commented that he was moved to tears when he heard the Kanagawa Philharmonic's performance. Mr. Tanaka, who plays the role of ``maestro with a poisonous tongue,'' said, ``I was able to say to everyone, ``This orchestra is crap'' (lol), which caused laughter from the audience.

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After the two guests took the stage, an audience-participation event called the ``Castanets Challenge'' was held, where participants had to clap their castanets to the tune of ``Clap Your Hands If You're Happy'' performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic. However, this ``castanet challenge'' turned out to be many times more difficult than I had expected, and the whole venue was filled with surprise and the confused sound of the castanet clanking. Percussionist Eriko Okada, who wowed the audience with her wonderful castanet skills, next showed off her skills with "Japan's best marimba" in "Flight of the Bear Bee." You can't help but forget to breathe as they play the sounds with such precision and speed that you can't follow them with your eyes. In the back, a comical play was performed in which a timpanist and a trumpet player tried to exterminate bumble bees by hitting them, and it was a time to reaffirm the potential of percussion instruments and the friendly side of the Kanagawa Philharmonic.

The eventful first part concludes with a performance from the 2nd movement of Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 (with organ), played along with the pipe organ, which was introduced as ``the instrument that can produce the lowest sound in the venue.'' Part 2”. Mr. Kadowaki and Mr. Tanaka were surprised by the size of Minato Mirai Hall's proud pipe organ, ``Lucy.'' The curtain of the first part came down with the magnificent and profound tone played by "Lucy."

In the second part, popular pianist Shinya Kiyozuka, who is in charge of the accompanying music for the drama, will appear. After livening up the venue with his light-hearted talk, which is well known in the media, he performed a ``Reversal Orchestra Improvisation Medley''. Mr. Kiyozuka arranges famous classical pieces such as ``Für Elise'' and creates musical accompaniments that add color to the story and relate to the feelings of the characters. The famous classical piece that we were familiar with changed its expression, and Kiyozuka's mesmerizing finger movements released it into the audience.

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Afterwards, Naiho-san, who was in charge of the drama's accompaniment music along with Kiyozuka-san, appeared, and the ``Gyokusho Cantabile'' was performed with Naiho-san conducting, Kiyozuka-san playing the piano, and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. It was a truly luxurious moment to be able to enjoy the harmony created by the two musicians who provided the soundtrack and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra.

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That “luxury” time was not over yet. For the next piece, ``Toreador (Bullfighter)'' from the ``Carmen'' suite, Hatsune Tanioka took part as the concertmaster and Asahi Tokoha participated as the maestro, transcending the boundaries of drama. The sight of Hatsune and Asahi shaking hands as Commas and Maestro warmed my heart. Mr. Kadowaki's dignified bowing and Mr. Tanaka's dynamic and flexible conducting. They have blended in naturally with professional orchestras, and you can feel the hard work the two have put into acquiring this skill. It seems that the actors who will actually play in the drama have been practicing their instruments since before they started playing. The performance scenes in the film will touch the hearts of viewers precisely because the entire cast is so serious about music. This performance, which combined the real world and drama, was met with loud applause from the venue.

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Conductor Sakairi reappears, and a light trumpet fanfare sounds. It's ``March of the Swiss Army'' from the ``William Tell'' Overture, which Hatsune played for the first time with the members of the Gyokusho. Next, they performed the popular band Midoriya Society's song ``Mela!'', which was performed in episode 4. In the film, it is a song that connects the bond between a mother and daughter, and the viola's beautifully played solo was heart-warming.

The final piece played was Tchaikovsky's ``Fourth Movement from Symphony No. 5,'' which is also the main theme of the drama. This song, which is also the opening of the drama, was the last song at the concert. Mr. Kadowaki and Mr. Tanaka sat in their favorite seats in the orchestra and enjoyed the music in their own way.

During the encore of the Radetzky March, the audience spontaneously stood up and clapped along with the guests on stage, creating the most exciting performance of the day. By this time, my heart was filled with the feeling that ``music is fun!'' The difficulty I had felt with classical music and the anxiety I had about whether I would be able to understand it disappeared without a shadow of a doubt. A space where you can listen, see, feel, participate, and enjoy to the fullest. And the people who brought this feeling of ``fun'' were all the people on stage and behind the scenes.

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The members of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, who delivered wonderful tones, warmed up the venue with their constant smiles and playfulness. Conductor Sakairi had a huge smile on his face after each song. The music of Mr. Kiyozuka and Mr. Naiho, who taught me that ``classical music can be enjoyed freely.'' After the performance of "Carmen," Mr. Kadowaki and Mr. Tanaka commented, ``It was fun!'' and ``It felt good!'' and exemplified the idea of enjoying music. The program also reflected the desire for beginners to enjoy classical music without worrying. Just as each note overlaps to create the sound of an orchestra, the thoughts of each person accumulated to create the best concert.

For me, the world of classical music became interested in the drama. Ever since I actually listened to a live performance by a professional orchestra, I couldn't stop hearing the sounds of the instruments in my head. I was completely fascinated by ``classical'' and ``orchestra.'' Don't be put off by the high barrier to classical music, but please come and see a performance by the Kanagawa Philharmonic. This is because the gate of classical music is wider and warmer than you think, and a lot of "fun" awaits you!

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