Held on December 2nd! “Watanabe Chumei Memorial Concert” Rehearsal Report Interview with Akira Kushida and Shoko Nakagawa

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Held on December 2nd! “Watanabe Chumei Memorial Concert” Rehearsal Report Interview with Akira Kushida and Shoko Nakagawa

Composer Chumei Watanabe passed away at the age of 96 in June this year. He has worked on many theme songs such as “Mazinger Z”, “Himitsu Sentai Gorenger”, and “Space Sheriff Gavan”. Establish a style called. The “Watanabe Chumei Memorial Concert” will be held on December 2nd (Friday) at NHK Hall in Tokyo, where Chumei Watanabe will perform many famous songs.
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Toshiyuki Watanabe, the eldest son of Chumei Watanabe who celebrated his 50th anniversary as a composer, is in charge of conducting and music director. , Mitsuko Horie, who sang “Yakyu Kyou no Uta,” Ichiro Mizuki, who sang “Mazinger Z,” and Shoko Nakagawa, who loves anime songs and is also active as a singer.
A rehearsal was held in Tokyo on November 29th, with only a few days left before the performance. Orchestra Triptyque, concertmaster Haruhiko Kudo, Eric Miyashiro and other guest musicians gather on stage, and conductor Toshiyuki Watanabe takes the lead in making fine adjustments while producing sound. Akira Kushida and Shoko Nakagawa also participated in the rehearsal.
Kushida sang “Space Sheriff Gavan” and “Super Planet Sento Mothership Daileon” with some action scenes and a powerful singing voice resounding throughout the venue. While discussing with Toshiyuki Watanabe and making adjustments, he never neglects to improve the accuracy for the actual performance. I felt that the singing voice made the orchestra’s performance more powerful.
and Shoko Nakagawa. “Thank you very much,” said conductor Toshiyuki Watanabe, bowing politely to the members of the orchestra performing. While the conductor was fine-tuning the performance with the orchestra members, Nakagawa listened to the sung songs again and worked to solidify his image. Since it was a memorial concert for Chumei Watanabe, whom he respects, he concentrated from the rehearsal, and his spirit was conveyed.
Between rehearsals, Akira Kushida and Shoko Nakagawa talked about their thoughts and enthusiasm for the “Watanabe Chumei Memorial Concert”.
《Kushida Akira》
――The performance is approaching, how are you feeling now?
“I’m really nervous. It feels like it’s been years since I sang with such a big orchestra.
――Kushida-san, you have a long relationship with Watanabe Chumei-san, and I think that participating in a memorial concert, which is a culmination of the concert, is deeply moving.
“Yes. I have been indebted to Sensei for 41 years. There was even a time when he asked me to write a song for him.
――You have many memories.
“When I do solo concerts, my teacher often comes to see me. There weren’t many songs.’ (laughs) I would reply, ‘No, more than half of the songs were yours!’ I think it was the place.”
――Finally, please give a message to those who are looking forward to the concert on December 2nd.
“I sing songs about heroes, but they contain the hero’s hidden kindness. I would like to return the favor. I hope you will enjoy watching it.”
“Nakagawa Shoko”
――The performance is approaching. Please tell us how you feel about this concert.
“I asked many times, “Isn’t it really a dream that I, a big fan of Chumei-sensei, would be able to participate in the singing voices of the super-super-legends?” I want Shoko-tan to sing it too.” I cried when I heard that he said so many times.I’ve been listening to Chumei-sensei’s songs for a long time, so I can’t believe that I can’t meet him anymore. I don’t have one, but I’m really happy to be able to participate in this concert that will roar in the universe and be etched into eternity.”
――I think the program “Ani Song Academy” became a big point of contact for you. “Yes. I’ve been a fan of Chumei-sensei ever since I heard the terrifying, futuristic, thrilling sound of the opening of ‘Denshi Sentai Denjiman’ when I was a child. As a fan like that, I was able to listen to a lot of music stories on the program and learned a lot. Chumei-sensei has a great memory, and even remembered the day of the week when he recorded, saying, “Gaban was recorded on Thursdays, right? Too cool! Akira Abe and I wrote the theme song for “Ani Song Academy”, but I was asked, “Do you have the lyrics yet?” (laughs) The image of a teacher who always enjoyed life and music can be found in the songs he left behind, so I will always love Chumei-sensei! ” ――At the memorial concert, Mr. Nakagawa will appear not only in singing, but also in many talk parts.
“Yes. There is no doubt that it will be a special day that will forever remain in the history of the universe, so I believe that the time will surely reach the audience who come to see it, and Mr. Chumei. During the talk during the concert, I think there will be discoveries like, “Is that so?” I want to enjoy it from start to finish.”

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[Performance overview]
Performance Name: Chumei Watanabe Memorial Concert
Venue: NHK Hall, Tokyo
Performance date: Friday, December 2, 2022
Performers: Akira Kushida/Isao Sasaki/Shoko Nakagawa/Mitsuko Horie/Ichiro Mizuki *Alphabetical order Music Director/Conductor: Toshiyuki Watanabe
[Orchestra] Orchestra Triptyque (Concert Master: Haruhiko Kudo) [Musicians] Trumpet: Eric Miyashiro/Keyboard: Kyoko Osako/Piano: Sae Konno/Bass: Ryosuke Futamoto/
Drum: Hiroyuki Noritake / Guitar: Masayoshi Fukuhara *Alphabetical order Ticket price (all seats reserved/tax included): S seat 9,900 yen/A seat 7,700 yen/B seat 6,600 yen/Student ticket 3,300 yen
*Preschool children are not allowed to enter. *Limited number of tickets: 4 *Tickets will not be refunded due to customer’s poor physical condition or infection with the new coronavirus, except in the case of cancellation of the performance. When purchasing tickets, please make a decision based on your own physical condition and environment. *Student tickets will be handed over on the day of the performance after checking the student ID card at the window. [Tickets on general sale]
Kyodo Tokyo https://tickets.kyodotokyo.com/watanabechuumei22 0570-550-799 (paper ticket/electronic ticket) operator reception hours Weekdays 11:00-18:00 Weekends and holidays 10:00-18:00
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Organizer: Kyodo Tokyo/Three Shells
Sponsored by: Asahi Shimbun/Nikkan Sports/Nippon Broadcasting/Nippon Bunka Broadcasting/TBS Radio
Contact: Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799 (Weekdays 11:00-18:00, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 10:00-18:00)
Official site: https://chumei2022.com/
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