Penn Glee Club Tour of Japan 2019

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Saturday, June 1, 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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ICU/Nissan Global HQ Gallery/Suginami Koukaido
1-23 15 Kamiogi
Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0043
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45 Pennsylvania Univ. Glee Club members, after visiting Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taipei, arrived at Haneda Airport very early morning (4:25 a.m.) on June 1.  Then taking a bus, they went to a hostel in Shinjuku and soon after taking a short nap, they moved to ICU to have the joint concet with ICU Glee Club.  

Joint Concert with ICU Glee Club at ICU Chapel from 17:00 on June 1 (Mitaka)

It was indeed a stunning performance by both Penn Glee Club and ICU Glee Club. This concert was planned and materialized thanks to Dr. Hibiya, GR88, President of ICU, who introduced ICU Glee Club and booked a wonderful ICU Chapel for them.  

ICU Glee Club first went on stage and sang "Super Flumina Babilonia" and then other five songs including two Japanese chorus numbers.  Then, Penn Glee Club started singing Brothers, Sing On! and had series of their fantastic numbers incluidng "Ue O Muite Aruko (上を向いて歩こう)".  On the 3rd stage, Penn Glee Club was up on the stage with ICU Glee Club and sang "Soon tt Will Be Done" (Spirituals) and "Os Justi" (Bruckner) with maestoso sounds, and gave encore of "Ride the Chariot". 


Joint stage; Ride the Chariot as an encore

Dr. Hibiya kindly hosted a recpetion after the concert at ICU's beautiful cafeteria and both students interacted one another over nice foods. 


Penn Glee Concerts at Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery on June 2 (@Yokohama)

On Sunday afternoon, at the Mecca for all Nissan fans, many families and shoppers are passing on the pedestrian deck.  They stop by to see Penn Glee Concert.  Nissan Global HQ Gallery invited Penn Glee Club as part of their events, "Month of Music", for public audience and visitors to enjoy music in casual setting.  It was held three times; 13:00 - 13:30, 14:30 - 15:00, and 16:00 - 16:30.   Audience including kids, families, couples, senior citizens, are all excited by Penn Glee's stunning performance.  



Penn Glee Club Tokyo Concert with Waseda Univ. Glee Club and Keio University Wagner Society Male Choir at Suginami Kokaido from 19:00 on June 3 (Ogikubo)

This remarkable joint concert was actualized by the leadership of Yoichi Kumazaki, alumnus of Waseda Univ. Glee Club.  Sam Orlin, Senior, Business Manager of Penn Glee, contacted him last December knowing Kumazaki-san carried Harvard Glee Club forward to success of the joint concert with Waseda Univ. Glee Club in January 2017.   Sam strongly conveyed his strong passion to interact with Japanese male choirs and their members and Kumazaki-san was firmly committed to making this happen whatever it takes.   

1st Stage: Classical Music

1. Brothers, Sing On!, 2. Amazing Grace, 3. Poor Wayfaring Stranger, 4. Shenandoah, 5. Lux Lunaris (Original), 6. Working for the Dawn of Peace, 7. Lacrimosa, 8. All Through The Night , 9. How Can I Keep from Singing?

2nd Stage: Popular Music

1. Blue Skies, 2. Climb Evry Mountain, 3. Away to Rio!, 4. A-Roving,

5. Notre Dame Medley

<Selection from the Penn Pipers - Barbershop> 6. Homeward Bound, 7. Let the River Run, 8. Nearer, My God, to Thee

9. Ue O Muite Arukou (Sukiyaki)上を向いて歩こう, 10. Country Roads, 11. For Good, 12. Walk Him Up the Stairs

©️Mana Hayakawa

3rd Stage:Joint stage with Waseda Glee Club and Keio Wagner Society Male Choir

Miyakono Seihoku (都の西北)、Konpeki no Sora (紺碧の空)(Waseda)

Wakakichi (若き血)、Warezo Hasha (我ぞ覇者) (Keio)

Cheer, Pennsylvania, Fight On, Pennsylvania (Penn)

Saitaro Bushi(斎太郎節)(Waseda), Slavnostni Sbor(Keio)

3 Clubs joint

Mogamigawa Funauta (最上川舟歌)

Ride the chariot

©️Mana Hayakawa

After the concert, one of Penn Glee club members said, " The concert was terrfiic.  First of all this concert hall is so nice in terms of sound, echo, ambience, etc.  We're honored to perform in such a nice hall.  Then, we're quite impressed with two Male Choirs' stunning performance.  I learned how supebr Japanese Male Choirs are."  Another member said, "In this Asian tour, we have never had a joint concert with a male choir and this was the first one.  I'm inspired by both Waseda and Keio male choirs.  I love Mogamigawa Funauta and would like to sing again!."  It was indeed great performance.  




Map & Directions

ICU/Nissan Global HQ Gallery/Suginami Koukaido

1-23 15 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0043, Japan,
by public transit by car by bike Walking