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Rakuten Children’s Music Festival 2014

About the Rakuten Children’s Music Festival

Scenes from the day of the event

The Rakuten Children’s Music Festival was held at the Fukushima Prefectural Culture Center on December 25, 2014.

Held for the second time following from last year, the Rakuten Children’s Music Festival opened with a special performance of Japanese drums (wadaiko) by children from local nursery schools. In addition, 415 children in 10 groups, selected beforehand from elementary and junior high schools through a public call for participants, presented choral and instrumental performances.

This report will feature some of the performances by the participating groups.

*The photographs published here may be purchased through the Rakuten Shashinkan.

Each group presented performances that reflected their unique characters.

At the climax of the event, all performers and audience members came together as one in a joint performance of Hana wa saku. This was the realization of the dream collaboration between 101 children and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, resulting in a truly powerful performance.
[Groups that participated in the joint performance]
Fukushima University Attached Elementary School, Fukushima Daisan Elementary School, Fukushima Daini Junior High School, Fukushima Daisan Junior High School, Soma Children’s Orchestra

Joint performance of Hana wa saku by the children and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

On the day of the event, a total of 415 children, mostly from Fukushima City, came together as one. In addition to a performance by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, there was also a session where the Orchestra gave a simple introduction of each and every instrument to the audience.

Mascots of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles—Clutch, Clutchina, and Angels—presented a dance performance, while Rakuten kobo’s mascot “koby” also turned up to provide support for the event.

Commemorative photo By all participants

Rakuten Children’s Music Festival 2014 Sponsors

The sponsor merchants provided the children with souvenirs of participation. Thank you for your cooperation!

TOYSELTOWN / Character Shop Laugh Laugh / Natural Dried Fruits F2R / Kusuri no benkyodou / Energy Drug

A total of 10 groups performed

A total of 10 groups comprising 415 children from elementary and junior high schools of Fukushima Prefecture participated in the event. In addition to performances from each group, the final section of the concert featured a performance by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, a joint session with the children, and a mass sing-a-long of Hana wa saku with members of the audience. On the date of the event, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles also lent their support by sending their mascots—Clutch, Clutchina, and Angels.

Performance by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra Mini Orchestra

A dance performance presented by Angels, Clutch, and Clutchina

Rakuten Children’s Music Festival Details

- Venue: Fukushima Prefectural Culture Center, Main Hall
- Admission: Free
- Supported by: Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education, Fukushima City Board of Education, Fukushima-Minpo Co., Ltd., The Fukushima Minyu Shimbun, TUF Teleview Fukushima, Fukushima Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Radio Fukushima
- Program for the day:

Part 1
Japanese drums (wadaiko) performance Kodomo Bayashi, by children from Fukushimakeikou Nursery School
Matsukawa Elementary School Choir Wakamonotachi, Kazoku ni narou yo, Hana wa saku
Suginome Elementary School Choir Let it Go, Amazing Grace
Okayama Elementary School Choir Yume no sekai wo, Kimi wo nosete
Watashi ga kokyusuru toki, for three-part chorus, from the choral suit, Watashi ga kokyusuru toki
Part 2
(with 5-minute intermission)
Fukushima Daisan Elementary School Wind ensemble Carnival of Roses, Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana
Hirano Elementary School Wind ensemble Disney Medley 3
Fukushima Daisan Junior High School Wind ensemble SING,SING,SING
Fukushima Daini Junior High School Wind ensemble Furusato, Hikare
Yoshiida Elementary School Marching band Over the Rainbow
Fukushima University Attached Elementary School Orchestra Senbonzakura
Soma Children's Orchestra String ensemble Suite: From Holberg's Time, by Edvard Grieg, and Canon, by Johann Pachelbel
Part 3
  • Dialogue with the conductor: Masahiro Ueno    Singer (★): Akiko Suzuki
  • - Performance by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra Mini Orchestra
    Prelude from the opera "Carmen," by Georges Bizet
  • -- Presentation about instruments (strings, woodwind, brass, percussion) --
  • Clarinet Candy, by Leroy Anderson
    Maria (★), by Franz Schubert
    When You Wish Upon a Star(★), by Leigh Harline
    Sanpo(★), by Joe Hisaishi
    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, by J.S. Bach
  • - Joint performance with the children
    Hana wa saku(★), by Yoko Kanno
Theme: Tsunagaru (Connections)

Based on the concept of music connecting the world, Rakuten has engaged in initiatives to provide support, through music, for the children who will be future leaders of the world.

As a part of these efforts, the Rakuten Children’s Music Festival was held in Fukushima City in December 2013, marking the first of such an initiative by Rakuten. A total of 17 groups comprising 475 participants were involved in this inaugural event.

The theme for the Rakuten Children’s Music Festival 2014 was Tsunagaru (Connections).

The concert program offered a richer line-up from the previous year, with a joint performance program by the children, as well as a session with professional musicians. Together with the children, the program created a space where one can experience a sense of unity through musical performances.

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