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2020.08.10 classical music

iichiko Grand Theater Junior Orchestra|The 11th Regular Concert

Date August 10, 2020 (Mon)
venue iichiko Grand Theater


The iichiko Grand Siata Junior Orchestra was established in April 2009 as an orchestra with a hall at iichiko Grand Siata. The orchestra has a wide range of members, from early elementary school students to 21-year-olds, who hone their true ensemble spirit and rich sensitivity.
The instructors include local instructors as well as top-notch performers from NHK Symphony Orchestra and Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. After twice-monthly lessons, the school invites world-renowned conductors to give regular concerts every March.

In its 11th year of existence, the orchestra's graduates have joined professional orchestras and music management companies, studied music abroad, and pursued careers in music, while also working as public servants and company employees.

The 11th subscription concert invited conductor Toshiaki Umeda, who has been a guest performer at the 4th and 8th subscription concerts of this orchestra, was scheduled to be held on Sunday, March 29, 2020, but due to the influence of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), a substitute performance was held in August.

From a program of three acts, this site includes Acts 1 and 3.
[Contents of the recording]
-L.v. Beethoven Symphony No.1 in C major, Op.21
/> Joseph Strauss Blacksmith's Polka, Op. 269
J. Strauss II Thunder and Lightning, Op. 324
J. Strauss II The Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314
J. Strauss I Radecky March, Op. 228

J. Strauss I Radecky March, Op. 228

Special Site http://www.emo.or.jp/notice/20200329junior/


Conducting] Toshiaki Umeda
iichiko Grand Siata Junior Orchestra


This is the third time we are working together. I'm sure there will be some concerns from various quarters this time, but I'm delighted to be able to hold this event with a variety of measures to combat infectious diseases.

This time, they are good because they have been practicing the songs for a long period of time, but I hope they will be careful not to lead to habituation in the opposite direction. My role is to create an environment where the children can release their thoughts and feelings on the stage during the performance, despite the acrylic panels and the lack of the usual distance. The children are the main actors. I expect that they will bring out the best of what they have accumulated in practice. I hope I can create that kind of space and time for them.
Artistic Director Mayumi Kawase, Artistic Director
Every year we have a group formation ceremony at the beginning of April, but this year we kept a social distance and stayed away from each other, not talking to anyone. We also used ZOOM to practice, and practiced alone without gathering. When we practiced on stage for the first time in a long time, the joy of the children's boldness was expressed in their sound, and we were almost moved to tears. There is music that can only be produced on stage. Mr. Umeda often says, "Let's deliver freshly made music. I would like them to express their joy and sorrow that they have experienced to the fullest extent of what they can do right now.


The performance was once cancelled, but they were very happy to hear that it could be held in August. They always shrink back, but today they seemed to be enjoying the performance. (Parents of the performers)

Everyone did their best to perform. We were able to watch the performance with peace of mind because of the infection control measures taken. (Male audience member)

It's been a long time since there were any concerts in Corona, so it was fun to see them here. (Female audience member)