Sugar Hall Orchestra holds first performance

Sugar Hall Orchestra holds first performance

On January 20, at the Nanjo City Center Sugar Hall, the Sugar Hall Orchestra entertained the audience with a performance involving local children.

January 22, 2013 Takahiro Miyagi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 20, at the Nanjo City Culture Center Sugar Hall, the professional orchestra group known as the Sugar Hall Orchestra held its first concert, entitled, Fate. Together with previous prizewinners of the Okiden Sugar Hall Armature Audition and professional musicians from both inside and outside of Okinawa, the orchestra performed a program of music that local children helped to create.

Nineteen years have passed since the hall opened as the first music center in Okinawa and this concert represents a new start with the current young generation.
This event was held as a part of a project to enable junior high school students to experience performing with an orchestra. The children took part in a workshop on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 Fate and also experienced an open rehearsal. On the day, the performers played and introduced each instrument to the audience and the children joined in singing.

The concert began with Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro. The audience enjoyed the passionate rhythm of the opening line of Fate, and its rolling melodies were particularly dramatic. The conductor used lithe movements to draw out the unique sound of each instrument, producing a beautiful world of sound with the combined harmonious melodies.

In the second half of the program the orchestra played pop songs that had been requested by junior high school students. Ai-uta by GReeeeN is a love song with a sentimental melody.

Monster Hunter was delivered with a passionate performance full of energy.
Ryuichi Sugimoto’s BELIEVE was performed with students of Sashiki Junior High School and the Sugar Hall Junior Chorus. The concert was brought to an end after expressing hope for the future.

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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