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"Keio Gijuku Wagner Society Orchestra"

「慶應義塾ワグネル・ソサィエティー・オーケストラ」

Japan's oldest amateur student orchestra "Wagner" (Kohoku-ku, Yokohama)

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(From the left in the photo) Kensuke Nishibori (3rd year, Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science, in charge of bassoon), Mao Yoneda (3rd year, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, in charge of flute), Mariko Kouen of the next concert mistress (Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science, 3rd year, in charge of violin), Student Manager Ryuichi Komiya (Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science, 3rd year, in charge of bassoon bone)

What kind of organization is Wagner and what kind of activities are you doing?

Mr. Komiya: Wagner is mostly organized by students from Keio University. The characteristic of Wagner is that all the members participate to create one concert. Not only as a player, but also all the clerical work of the concert is done mainly by the students. Although we are student-centered, we keep in mind that it is made possible by the support of many people, and we strive to value the connections between people.
Since we hold domestic and overseas concert tours once every other year, centering on regular concerts three times a year, the members can experience big events every two years. In addition to this, in response to requests for elementary school music classes and local events, we perform in various forms such as chamber music and brass ensembles as well as orchestras.

How many members are there? How do you practice?

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(Practice)

Mr. Komiya: Approximately 180 members belong to the group, and practice is conducted at Keio University's Hiyoshi Campus. The whole practice is 3 days a week for about 3 hours from 6 pm to 9 pm, but many members practice themselves every day if that is not enough.

Can all 180 members play at the concert?

Mr. Komiya: Depending on the university, there are orchestras that have few opportunities to perform even if they have been enrolled for four years, but at Wagner, no matter how different the levels, at least one song per person will perform at a regular concert each time. increase. I think everyone has a strong awareness of working together and doing their best.

What do you find rewarding about running Wagner?

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(Mr. Komiya, the student manager who gives instructions to the members)

Mr. Komiya: Each member has his or her own job. You can feel that each one of them leads to the creation of a good concert. Of course, it is important to control the performance venue and think about the practice schedule, but it is also important to design the program and provide hospitality to the customers who come as entrance staff. In addition, I will play when I think that the concert will be made by combining everything, such as going to a familiar ramen shop or izakaya near the university to ask for a leaflet of the performance. Sometimes everyone wants to do their best. I find it rewarding where everything works in a positive way.

Did you originally play an instrument? What made you decide to join Wagner?

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(Mr. Komiya playing bass trombone)

Mr. Komiya: One of the major reasons for joining Wagner is the high quality of the concert. I've known Wagner since high school and used to go to concerts. It is unusual for a student orchestra to hold concerts three times a year, and I was impressed by the performances every time, and naturally I wanted to play an instrument here someday. In junior high school, I was in charge of a large instrument, the tuba, and in high school, I was in charge of a smaller instrument called the tenor trombone, which is one size smaller than the bass trombone. I decided.

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Nishibori playing the bassoon)

Nishibori: I started bassoon when I was in the first year of junior high school. The reason I joined Wagner was because I felt that the environment in which I could devote myself to music was the best in the Keio music circle. I also had a strong desire to go on a performance tour.

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(Mr. Yoneda playing the flute)

Yoneda: I started playing the flute when I was in the second grade of elementary school. I've been playing an orchestra since I was a junior high school student, so I wanted to continue even when I entered university. Besides, I thought it was amazing to be able to go to Europe on a performance tour!

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(Mr. Koen playing the violin)

Mr. Koen: I have been playing the violin since I was 4 years old. I was invited by my seniors to enter Wagner.

Please tell us your thoughts on the regular concert on June 30th.

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Mr. Yoneda: The first song, "Glasnov Celebration Overture," is a gorgeous, bright and passionate song. Since April, Wagner has become a new and fresh member, so I want to play so that I can get off to a good start while feeling good tension.

Mr. Koen: The second song, "Poulenc Ballet Suite Female Deer," is a song that is rarely played in Wagner in French music, so many people may hear it for the first time. I hope you will feel fresh.

Mr. Nishibori: The third song, "Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor," is a famous and well-known song, but with a slight shadow. I want to understand the music well and play with my own thoughts while keeping a good balance so as not to leave it to the momentum.

Wagner's future activities

・ The 222nd Subscription Concert
October 28, 2017 (Saturday) Night performance Sumida Triphony Hall Large Hall Conductor: Kentaro Kawase
Song: Rachmaninoff / Symphony No. 2 in E minor, etc.

・ The 223rd Subscription Concert
February 11, 2018 (Sun) Night Performance Suntory Hall Large Hall Conductor: Masahiko Okouchi
Tracks: Brahms / Piano Quartet No. 1 Schoenberg Orchestra Arrangement, etc.

・ 2017 overseas performance tour
February 25, 2018 (Sun) Prague Performance Smetana Hall
February 28 (Wednesday) Munich performance Hercules Hall March 4 (Sunday) Vienna performance Musikverein March 9 (Friday) Budapest performance Congress Hall

From the Magcal editorial department

I was surprised to hear that all 180 members will go to concerts in 4 European cities from February next year. Students will take the initiative in planning and arranging the venue. I was shining "I'm just looking forward to" being able to go on a performance tour as a high-level and traditional Wagner. It was a friendly and peaceful practice scene, but as soon as the teacher started to take command, I was surrounded by a tense atmosphere that made me hesitate to breathe. I was convinced that the quickness of this switch would lead to a balance between study and music.

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