For the past eight years we, three alumnae of same university have been sponsoring summer concerts by ITO Mitsuko, a Hokkaido born violinist who is studying and performing in Paris to pursue her music, as well as composing some pieces for violin. Once in every summer she comes back to Sapporo to present us her music.
Her unique character coupled with her artistic understanding of music is drawing more and more fans every summer in her motherland. For the past four years, we set up her stage at Hoheikan, an old guesthouse built in western style in 1880. After the Meiji Restoration, then Japanese government rushed to acquire western civil engineering including architectures. By 15th century Japanese started to settle down in the southern part of Hokkaido Island, but mostly this vast land was inhabited by Ainu people. In late 19th century, Hokkaido government was officially established in modern history. When Americans visit Sapporo, they would be surprised finding many early American style buildings in our city.
Now it is enough for the introduction to the Hoheikan. This is to present Ms. Mitsuko Ito to refresh and heal our somewhat difficult days. Tomorrow she will leave for North East Japan to play and comfort people in the evacuation centers there. During the break time of the concert, on July 25, we asked people gathered at the concert room to please write a short message for the people still living in the difficult situation; a message card shown in the photo No. 2
The attached video was recorded by my digital camera, Canon G11 and not by a video camera and/or by professional recording equipments. Therefore the quality is not sufficient to reproduce her excellent performance but I hope you will enjoy her playing Bach’s Chaconne BWV1004. For the more good sounds and music, you can visit her home page (which she built all by herself!) and listen further and maybe can donate for people in North East Japan.
Also please note that she is playing the Bach's masterpiece with a baroque bow.