Nov 19, 2013
Yokohama's fantastic fans - Japan/South Korea Tour, November 17, 2013
Patrick G. Jordan, viola
We had another great show this afternoon at the Aobadai Philia Hall in Yokohama. This hall has about the same capacity as Mitaka City Arts Centre, slightly over 600 seats (I was mistaken in my previous blog about the number of seats in Mitaka – there were more seats in the balcony than were immediately obvious). Acoustically, both spaces were excellent. The Philia Hall offered the production team a slightly greater number of options in terms of lighting, and I thought the stage looked amazing today. Chatting briefly with Glenn Davidson after the show, he also allowed that the technician in this hall was perhaps the best person he’s worked with in 35 years in the theatre. High praise indeed.
One delightful by-product of the acoustics today was the ease with which we were able to play out in the hall. The Galileo show features us interspersed among the public on a few occasions, at great remove from one another, which presents challenges in playing together. We’re trained to respond to sound, and when it is being generated 50+ metres away from you, your ears are not necessarily the friends you have cultivated. This particular acoustic proved to be one of the most favourable for ensemble.
Seiji Fukushi, the actor for these shows in Japan, was even better today that yesterday. We have chosen for this tour to present an encore (where appropriate) in the form of a tambourin from Marais’ Alcione. I have never seen a Japanese audience respond so immediately to a piece of music as the two houses have so far. They have both exploded into rhythmic clapping during the tambourin. Maybe it’s because Seiji gets handed a tambourine, and encourages the public to clap along, I don’t know, but the thrill of the audience is palpable.
At the end of the show, Aisslinn Nosky, Julia Wedman, Chris Verrette and I signed CDs and DVDs for the public. Several people said it was the first time they had been to a concert of this sort of music and they were very moved by it. Overall, the public’s genuine, direct and emotional response to the concert was very touching.
Bobblehead Bach onstage at Aobadai Hall, Yokohama. Photo by Patrick Jordan