実行委員長 今村 愛子 (のべおか「第九」を歌う会全体指揮者)
当日は「第九」とともに、延フィルが日向出身の長崎大学助教授、三上次郎氏に委嘱した作品、管弦楽のための「遙かなる幻影～Illusion Far Beyond」を演奏いたします。宮崎県北の夜神楽をイメージした曲で、こちらもどうぞお楽しみください。
Dear People Medford
Chairman Aiko Imamura (Medford 2000 Anniversary Concert Committe)
This is an exceptional year. In this year of the Millennium, we are celebrating not only the 20th anniversary of the Sister City pledge between the cities of Medford and Nobeoka, but also the 15th anniversary of the Nobeoka Choral Symphony Group and the 10th anniversary of the Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra. On this joyous occasion, the Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra, in conjunction with the Nobeoka Choral Symphony Group, is proud to perform both Beethoven's 9th Symphony and a piece entitled "Illusion Far Beyond" for your enjoyment and the commemoration of this historic year. "Illusion Far Beyond" is a piece composed by Dr. Jiro Mikami, currently a professor at Nagasaki University, who hails from Hyuga City, Nobeoka's next-door neighbor. It is a piece which captures the essence of Northern Miyazaki. The planning for this anniversary concert began over three years ago with the formation of the Medford 2000 Anniversary Concert Committee on October 21st, 1996. Since then, the committee has been meeting about once a month and has been in regular contact with organizers in Medford in order to complete the planning for the 20th anniversary concert. We began the search for concert participants and supporters in the fall of last year, and the response has been overwhelming. Participants and supporters now number over 240 people. However, this anniversary isn't only about the concert, starting with the welcoming party the people of Medford have so graciously prepared, and culminating in the anniversary concert, this visit is an excellent opportunity for the members of both of our communities to get together and learn more about each other. On a personal note, the chance to cross the ocean and perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony ("An Die Freude") for you is a wonderful experience for us all that we will cherish for a lifetime. In closing, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the people who have worked for this concert including Mayor McGlynn and Mr. Leslie B. Lewis. We look forward to meeting you!
Greetings From Mayor McGlynn
Michael J. McGlynn (Mayor of Medford)
On behalf of all the Citizens of Medford, Massachusetts, I welcome you to today's rendition of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 choral, as performed by the Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. This event commemorates the twentieth anniversary of The Medford- Nobeoka Sister City relationship. In 1978 an idea was born. Although there was a long-standing business relationship between two companies in our respective cities, there existed the opportunity to go beyond the exchange of goods and services. With the assistance of Sister City International, the Mayors and City Councils of both Medford and Nobeoka, a cultural relationship was established in 1980, at a time when Medford was celebrating its 350th Birthday. A 50-person delegation from Nobeoka came to Medford to participate in the 350th program as well as officially signing a Sister City Pact. A ten-foot high Japanese Ishidoro Lantern was presented to the Citizens of Medford from the Citizens of Nobeoka at that time to commemorate this event. This lantern was dedicated and placed on the front lawn of the Medford City Hall where it is proudly displayed. Over the last twenty years we have had scores of cultural exchanges ranging from Pen Pal relationships between grammar school children, yearly home and home stay visits between high school students, teacher exchanges and in 1985 a high school basketball team representing Medford traveled to Nobeoka to play a series of games. These are just a few examples of how this program has worked. It is my deepest wish that as we enter into the new millennium, that this relationship between Medford and Nobeoka will continue to grow and flourish. I want to thank all of those who helped in organizing this great event. I particularly want to thank the 240-person delegation from Nobeoka for making this all possible. I hope all of you will enjoy your stay in Medford and the Greater Boston Area.
Very truly yours,
A Word From Mayor Sakurai
Tetsuo Sakura (Mayor of Nobeoka)
I'd like to start by welcoming you all to this evening's festivities. I'd particularly like to thank both the Mayor and the people of Medford not only for your efforts in realizing this concert, but also for the gracious reception which we have been afforded in coming here. 20 years ago, in the interests of friendship and understanding, Nobeoka and Medford were joined as Sister-Cities. Mutual exchange between our two cities has grown and blossomed ever since. In this year of the millennium, the citizens of Nobeoka feel privileged to be able to perform in commemoration of this historic 20th anniversary. Medford is a wonderful city blessed with an abundance of nature and warm, friendly people. The exchange between our two cities is something that all citizens of Nobeoka cherish, and take pride in. The desire for peace and fellowship embodied in Beethoven Symphony No.9 is expressed both in the music, and in the lyrics: "Alle Menschen werden Bruder" (All people become brothers). I am confident that that spirit suffuses us all, and that we can each take this wonderful opportunity to broaden our circle of friends.
Enjoy the show!