July 30, 2004: "Artegio" in the green
|The 30th YMF officially starts from today. The site is called Artegio, a newly built art-and-music museum in the midst of the thick forest on the slope of Mt.Yufu. The beautiful direction board was made by the young staffs of Yufuin village.|
|The museum usually exhibits art works, but all of them were moved aside to set up the music stage.|
|Young staff prepares for the stage. The rehearsal is already under way.|
|Old Western Music Tour - Music around the gManuale ad Sacramentah started with the conduct of Shigemi Takei.
The hall is filled with many guests.
|Beautiful Gregorian songs ease the hearts of the listeners.|
|The concert was over in the storm of applause.
A harpsichord was brought in soon for the evening concert.
|The staff takes a short break. I visited Kotokoto-Ya taproom to relax. Ms.Takei just finished the concert and joined us. She took out an unusual musical instrument called Ravec made in 15th century and played it for me.
|The staff came back to Artegio to prepare Michio Kobayashi recital to be opened from eight p.m.|
|Kobayashi became a resident of Yufuin village last year and is now working as "General Music Advisor" of YMF. Many fans crowd around to listen his music each year.|
|This time, Air quartet played music together.|
|The members of Air quartet. From left, Kanamaru (cello), Umehara (first violin), Izumi (second violin), and Igawa (viola.)|
|During the concert at Artegio, mini-concerts were held here and there in the village to appeal classical music to the local residents and sightseers.
A flute concert at Yufuin railroad station hall.
|Junko Ohmori is one of the prominent violinists in the world. She is also very eager for popularization of classical music. The picture was taken at Hakusuien old people's home.|
|A street concert near Kinrin pond. Young staffs distribute handbills to the listeners.|