UUUproject of Japan Orchestra Concert in Ayala Cebu (An Impression)
It was really a great opportunity that I was able to watch the last performance of the “MUSIC UNITES THE WORLD”. Held at the Ayala Cebu Activity Center on February 19, 2012.
It is a FREE Orchestral Concert Series for the benefit of children in Cebu. The concert series runs from February 15-21, 2012. Presented in cooperation of the Cebu Symphony Orchestra of the Philippines and the UUU project Cs of Japan. A truly JAPAN♥CEBU kind of event!
UUU project Cs first preformed a concert at the Cebu City Hall’s “Plaza Rizal”. And then together with the Cebu Symphony Orchestra, (the only) full orchestra concert was performed at the SM North Wing Area on February 18. Unfortunately I was not able to attend it but surely it would be as amazing as it was with the concert held at Ayala!
As for the UUU project Cs orchestra team, they also visited some Cebu rural areas and performed free concerts there as well. The following venues are: Sister’s of Mary Girls Town in Talisay City on February 17, Matutinao Elementary School on Feb 20, and lastly but more proudly… they also performed at my father’s hometown Medellin at the town’s Sports Complex on Feb 21.
At the Ayala concert, I was 2 hours early that I arrived with my sister before the concert had started. I was happy that we were able to grab seats at the front row, and seated just right next beside the “Reserved” seats (and was thinking that these were probably for the VIPs). But then just minutes before that the concert had started, a group of children arrived and took the reserved seats. And I said wow! These children were the VIPs! The actual special guests here and not those big time people that I used to thought of… Indeed the concert is for everyone to enjoy for free and more importantly the concert was dedicated to children! 🙂
A yukata (浴衣?) is a Japanese garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton. People wearing yukata are a common sight in Japan at fireworks displays, bon-odori festivals, and other summer events. The yukata is also frequently worn after bathing at traditional Japanese inns. Though their use is not limited to after-bath wear, yukata literally means bath(ing) clothes.(wikipedia.org)
The repertoires played during the concert were: España Rhapsody, Candide Overture, and Japan’s famous composition “Fuumon”. Here’s a video of “Fuumon” being played during the event.
Fuumon was composed as a set piece of All Japan Band Competition in 1983. Since that time Fuumon has been loved and played by many Japanese wind-orchestra players regardless of age. Describing the disposition and culture of Japan well, the harmonic music explains the beauty of Japan.
It is said that this is the first and last concert project by the UUU but I hope for more concert project like this to come in the future. This concert was a really good opportunity for both Japanese and Cebuano(Filipino) to create a good relationship that even with the differences in culture, there is harmony shared through the same love for music.
the España Rhapsody, as a closing performance. Enjoy! 😀
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