Today, I'd like to show you the nice youtube video. Mr. FK kindly told me this. "Hessische Zupforchester" in Homberg, Germany played "Tanz Suite Nr.2 (op.21)" composed by Takashi Kubota on June 8th, 2008. I really have a good impression. Surprizingly, the conductor plays percussions at the same time while conducting. That's amazing. So, please watch it.
Tanz Suite Nr.2 (op.21) [HZO on June 8, 2008]
I visited the webpage of "Hessische Zupforchester". There you find a link "information on Kubota toremolo, here". In the downloaded pdf file, you find the "scores for toremolo based on Kubota method including deccel and accel". This might mean that the HZO members play their mandolins using Kubota method. I am not actually sure, but it seems natural that they choose "Tanz Zwei" in their concert. I am also impressed by their skills of playing. To be honest, I did not believe that the mandolin orchestra are still present in Germany and Italy. They have regular concerts frequently. Does that mean that HZO is the professional orchestra? Therefore I am very surprized.
Takashi Kubota will conduct his works on the coming Sunday. He organizes his own mandolin orchestra called "Kubota Philomandolinen Orkester". The program is shown below.
Kubota Philomandolinen Orkester 15th Regular Concert
[Place] Kioi-Hall (Yotsuya, Tokyo)
[Date] Feb.24 (Sunday)
"Symphony Nr.2 for Mandolin Orchestra" (Op. 19)
"Phantasy for Piano and Mandolin Orchestra" (Op. 18)
Conductor: Takashi Kubota
Piano: Yukino Natsukawa
"Symphony Nr.2" was first played by Sophia Mandolino (Sophia Univ.) on 1978 and "Phantasy" was by the same orchestra on the next year (1979). These are composed a couple of years before "Tanz Suite Nr.2" and "Phantasy Nr.1".