Posted by Kobe Club staff on 2011/7/15 22:30:00 (415 reads)
Sunday, May 15th
On Sunday, 15th of May the Kobe Club was the venue for a very special Classical Music Concert in support of the relief efforts for The Great Eastern Earthquake and Tsunami that had occurred 2 months prior.
The background on how the concert was organized is interesting. The General Committee, collectively had the idea of putting on a Classical Musical Concert to raise money to help the relief efforts of the Japan Red Cross and I volunteered to ask my brother and sister-in-law to perform at such a concert. My brother-in-law, Masato Hori and his wife Yuka Ganse are both graduates of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, the same school as Seiji Ozawa. Masato and Yuka are a classically trained pianist and flutist.
Dr.Akifumi Yamanaka had also independently been thinking of creating a Classical Concert in support of the disaster. As it turned out, Dr Yamanaka`s sister-in law Kiyoko Nakata, a classically trained Violinist and also a graduate of Toho Gakuen was currently the Conductor of a Classic String Ensemble called Vega Junior Ensemble which consisted of 20 young musicians from Age 10 to 20. He suggested that he would ask his sister-in-law to invite V.J.E to perform at the planned concert, and of course we jumped at the opportunity! We did not find out until later but both of our relatives were class mates who had known each other for years!
The last piece of the puzzle came together when my wife Yuko asked her friends at the Kansai International Musical Academy to join the concert as the last act. Vlad Jocic, a classically trained Guitarist from Trinity College of Music in London and the founder of KIMA volunteered to join his fellow teachers, Peter Kovac playing Viola and Steve Ulicny playing drums as a Jazz Trio to liven up our concert at the end with some classical jazz numbers. The Kobe Club office began to promote the event, and on the day of the concert 160 people attended.
Ms. Nakata and V.J.E. started the first half of the show with an absolutely delightful performance of some famous pieces such as Air by Bach, Jazz Pizzicato by Anderson and Sound of Music by Anderson. It was magical. After the break Masato Hori and Yuka Ganse treated us all with three beautiful classical piano and flute performances and then as expected the Kansai Musical Acadamy got everybody tapping their feet and clapping their hands to Jazz Classics such as Girl from Ipanema.
Everyone who attended the concert thought it was really special and Dr. Yamanaka and I certainly felt that that the concert exceeded even my highest expectations of quality. However, the really good news came the following day when Okabe-san informed us that the Concert had raised \323,300 for the Earthquake &Tsunami. We would like to say thank you to the musicians and to all of you who attended to make this possible.
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