By Tomohiko Teruya
On December 28th, Veritas Quartet Concert, of which performance I have been waiting for a long time, is finally to be held in Naha. Though not widely known, Veritas Quartet was born in Okinawa, and this time, they will have the third Okinawa concert. Veritas Quartet was inaugurated through the initial organizer Mr. Kei Toguchi of Bureau Danke, and with a call by violinist Ms. Machiko Shimada, two more young performers active outside of Japan joined.
I encountered with classical music in my mid-20s when I became fascinated by it, though I had been a big fan of hard rock music until then. Eventually, around 10 years ago, I started to play cello myself.
This past summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival Tour planned by Bureau Danke. This exciting music festival was organized by Seiji Ozawa with participation of famous musicians in and outside of Japan. In the festival, Veritas Quartet performed “Der Tod und das Mädchen,” which captured the hearts of the audience.
Bureau Danke, inaugurated by Mr. Toguchi, has been carrying out their activities supported by sympathizing staff on Toguchi’s ideas, volunteer people, and financial patrons. They offer genuine types of music performance including concerts, Vienna-style ball, etc.
With a pre-concert in lobby area prior to the actual performance, and various talks between music tunes, Bureau Danke devised creative ways to let the audience and performers come closer. While Mr. Toguchi keeps his global mindset, he never neglects local-level activities, and carry out local school outreach concerts with famous musicians.
I always feel Mr. Toguchi’s strong passion to disseminate classical music to Okinawan areas, and I believe he will continue to connect us with musicians around the world. The coming concert will be the last one in this year. Let’s enjoy the classical music!