Impression on Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra the 293 subscription concert

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インドネシア出身の会員の方より From an Indonesian Member (日本語訳が下にあります)

With this email, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude for giving me the chance to experience the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra performance. Thank you very much! I went to the concert with my fellow Indonesian friend, and both of us really enjoyed the performance. I have always taken an interest in classical music and orchestra performance, but unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to watch one, that is until KANAFAN give me that opportunity. I feel extremely joyful that my first experience of watching an orchestra performance would be in Japan.

From the very first moment of entering the venue, which is Yokohama Minato Mirai hall, I was fully amazed by the majestic view of the Main Hall. The architecture itself is enough to leave me in awe and help me immersing myself in the atmosphere. As for the concert, the first part of the concert is Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto, Op. 15. This performance mainly showcases the violin solo by Daniel Hope, accompanied by the gentle music from Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. I am not an expert in this area of course, but his violin performance is truly exceptional. The articulation on each and every note is perfect, and there are many high notes which could make me feel chills on my spine. The performance went very well, and all the audience seem to be thrilled which is marked by the long applause before Daniel go to the backstage.

After the short intermission, the performance continued with Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Op. 32 which consists of seven movements, each named after a planet and its corresponding astrological character from Mercury to Neptune. This time, the capability of Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra is shown to its fullest by series of beautiful songs with various instruments and style. I think my favorite in this part has to be Venus, the Bringer of Peace. It truly verify its title as this song really bring peace to my heart with cheerful and easy-listening melody.  The enthusiastic and heartily performance of the conductor, Junichi Hirokami, really delivered the atmosphere of each songs very well. Near the end of the second part, a choir suddenly appeared on both side of the stage and send another chills through my spine with their heavenly voice. It is truly fitting to end the whole performance, leaving the audience including myself struck in amazement.

Once again thank you KANAFAN for giving me this unforgettable experience!