Friday, January 17, 2003
Concord-Carlisle and Japanese Bands join at Symphony Hall
The Concord-Carlisle High School Repertory and Concert Bands, as well as the Shiroishi Symphonic Wind Ensemble, performed at the historic venue of Symphony Hall in Boston last Friday to a nearly full house. To say the least, the experience was a high point in all the zeniths of a musical lifetime. Everyone has been telling us the same things since last May; being featured at Symphony Hall is not an opportunity afforded to most high school students, it is also a great cultural event to strengthen ties between Massachusetts and the province of
Friday night's concert was the culmination of over four years of dreaming between the two countries' bands. After a wonderful banquet for the band members and invited guests, the concert started promptly at 7:30 with the Repertory Band. After the performance of the Concert Band, its members were permitted to fill the hall's empty seats and watch Shiroishi's performance. It was the longest section of the concert, but it went by quickly. Everyone was excited for their last number, a John Williams piece, including the music of ET, Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, and, of course, Harry Potter. At the end of the Shiroishi performance there was an almost immediate rise of the audience in a standing ovation. It was magnificent: members of two very different countries coming together to appreciate each other's music in the greatest hall in the United States.
There was as much good energy present with the Shiroishi and Concert Band's combined numbers, including the fast-paced "At the Mambo Inn," and the ever-present "Stars and Stripes Forever." I think that most of the band members really felt a connection during "The Mambo," as it is affectionately called; unlike the Japanese band members, we usually don't move around while we play, but no one could help it then.
At the very end of the concert, when we had gone twenty minutes over the scheduled ending time, Mr. Shibukawa and Mr. Sugimura, the two conductors of the Shiroishi Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the retired founder of the Ensemble, Mr. Yoneya, as well as Mr. Dentino, all came to the front of the stage, clasped hands, and took a bow. That one moment embodied what the concert was realty about: the friendship in music between the nations of Japan and the United States.
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