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Okubo Mixed Choir
There was a chorus group that was conducted by Tsuyoshi Kitagawa
and consisted of the graduates of the music festival course.
In September 1957, however, its membership decreased drastically
and the group had to be dissolved. On the day of the dissolution,
I met Mr. Masayuki Tsuji for the first time. It was the beginning
of the tentatively named gOkubo Mixed Choirh.
Okubo Mixed Choir has been active under the leadership
of Mr. Tsuji for the last 46 years since then.
In September 1983, Mr. Takashi Asahina conducted a concert
gBruckner: Mass in F Minorh in which the Tsuji Chorus Family (TCF)
and Okubo Mixed Choir fully showed their talent.
The records were sold by Nihon Victor and many words of praise were heard.
Okubo Mixed Choir has been successful in singing gPuccini: Turandoth
conducted by Kazushi Ohno (1995),
gMendelssohn: A Midsummer Nightfs Dreamh conducted by
Charles Dutois (NHK Symphony Orchestra in June 1997)
and many more with various famous conductors and professional orchestras.
Other successful and valued experiences are as follows: singing
gBeethoven: Piano Concerto No. 9h with The Leningrad State Orchestra
conducted by Andrey Anikhanov every December since 1997;
and singing gMisa Criollah composed by Ariel Ramirez at the Japan-Argentina
Friendship 100th Anniversary Memory Concert in 1998
to the accompaniment of the piano played by the composer himself
and the folk music instrument.
Okubo Mixed Choirfs own activities include the following:
the 25th regular concert in September 1997 celebrating the 40th anniversary
of its founding; participating in the JCA (Japan Choral Association)
National Choral Competition 12 times by the year 2000, winning gold medals
7 consecutive years; and being invited to the Eastern Japan Chorus Festival
in Ichinoseki City, Iwate and Water and Green National Music Festival
in Koriyama City, Fukushima. Further, in August 2002, Okubo Mixed Choir was
invited to and played 3 times as a representative of Japan at the 6th
Chorus Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis, USA.
Many of Okubo Mixed Choirfs CDs include a suite of mixed chorus
gFour Seasons of Mindh composed by Saburo Takata, a suite for mixed chorus
and piano gShuriri Enenh composed by Kazuaki Ogikubo,
and gA Collection of East Asian Folksongs I and IIh
composed by Shinichiro Ikebe.