Bach Concert at OIST
The OIST Concert Series concluded for 2013 with a concert of works by J.S. Bach that took place on November 30th, 2013. 450 people from OIST and the public packed the auditorium. In the opening remarks, OIST President Jonathan Dorfan commented, “I am very pleased to see a mixture of people – both from Okinawa and from elsewhere – coming together at this wonderful concert today.”
The sextet, comprised of musicians from Okinawa and Tokyo, performed major Bach compositions such as the Goldberg Variations and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, as well as solo pieces by each of the musicians.
The simple, refined melodies of Bach captivated the audience. Akane Hargis, who came to the concert with her friend, commented “This was a very enjoyable concert. I didn’t know about OIST until my friend told me about this, but I’m really happy that I took the opportunity to come. I think it would be great to have more events like these.”
The concert was extremely enjoyable for the performers as well, said flautist Kei Toguchi. “Whenever I perform at OIST, I feel that the audience is very warm and welcoming. I feel close to the audience, and I get very motivated when I can tell that they are enjoying our performance.”