Famous Cellist, 有名なチェロ奏者

I met Mstislav Rostropovich at my first Orchestra rehearsal of the Kurashiki Junior Philharmony Orchestra when I was 9 years old. I had no idea how famous he was at the time (not until College when I became music performance major). I was a talkative child, so I was talking to my friend, and he suddenly told me to raise my hand, so I did. I was to do Rock, Paper, Scissors with another friend, and I won. The prize was, to give flowers to Mr. Rostopovich as a representative from the Orchestra. After I gave him the flowers, he gave me a kiss on my forehead, it was quite shocking for 9 year old Japanese boy. Well, it was the first ever Orchestra rehearsal in my life.

Great Romantic Cello Concertos in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)


ドヴォルザーク:チェロ協奏曲 サン=サーンス、ドヴォルジャーク、シューマン: ロマン派のチェロ協奏曲集/ドーヴァー社/大型スコア

Happy Father’s Day, 父の日おめでとうございます。

Happy Father’s Day. I thought to talk about my father today for Father’s Day post. My father, Kokichi, loves Jazz. He loves to play Jazz, and think about music theory and anything about Jazz. Jazz is the reason why my family came to USA. He wanted to study Jazz at the world’s best Jazz School, Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He quit his steady job and moved the Tagawa family of 6, so that he can pursue his dream. I am almost at the age when he decided to come to America. I admire what he did, and I admire what he does still. He is active online, and he holds Jazz sessions. His love toward music is incredible, and with his support, I was able to start my music studies. Thank you Otousan(Father in Japanese). Here is his website: http://kokichit.blogspot.com/p/kokichikoh-tagawa-jazz-melodicapianica.html

父の日おめでとうございます。父の日ということもあり、今日は私の父のことを書きます。私の父、こうきち、はとにかくジャズが大好きです。ジャズを演奏すること、そしてセオリーを研究するなど。私達家族6人がアメリカに来たのは彼がジャズをバークリー音楽大学で学ぶことが夢だっだからです。サラリーマンをやめ、家族を引き連れて、それでもジャズをやりたいという意思、そしてそれを実行したことは本当に素晴らしいことだと思います。私が音楽を始め、続けられたのもお父さんのおかげです。お父さんありがとう。彼は今でもオンラインでジャズの活動をしています。よかったら覗いてください。 ウエブサイト:https://ameblo.jp/ktjazz/

Bowing with laptop, ラップトップで弓順を書く

One of the things I do during the summer, is to put bowing for upcoming concerts for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. The picture is an example of bowing. I figure out which way the bow should go, up (v) or down (∏) according to how I want the music to flow. For this I use to have put bowing with pencil, but these days for some of the music, I can use my surface pro laptop, and using computer pen (Surface pen). Of course, the bowing I put must be transferred to the real music that we play from by the librarian to all the string parts (Thank you!!). When our concert(s) get cancelled, all the prep work become in vain unless we can do the same program in the near future. Today was behind the scene of music.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – 12.3″ Touch-Screen – 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 128GB SSD (Latest Model) – Platinum with Black Type Cover Microsoft Surface Pen Platinum Model 1776 (EYU-00009)

夏の間にする仕事の話をします。私はシエラヴィスタ交響楽団の指揮者をしているので夏の間にできるだけ今度演奏する曲に弓順をつけます。上記の楽譜の写真にv(アップボウ)と∏(ダウンボウ)を私が思い描く音楽に寄り添うように書いていきます。前までは鉛筆と消しゴムを使っていましたが、最近はSurface ProのラップトップとSurfaceペンを使ってラップトップ上に書いていっています。演奏するにあたっては楽団のライブラリアンの方が私が書いたものをすべての弦楽器奏者のために鉛筆で書きます、長時間かかります(ライブラリアンさんありがとう)。コンサートがキャンセルになるとこういう用意が全部無駄になってしまいます。将来的にできればいいですが。今回は音楽の裏方話でした。

マイクロソフト Surface Pro 7 / Office H&B 2019 搭載 / 12.3インチ /第10世代 Core-i5 / 8GB / 256GB / ブラック PUV-00027 マイクロソフト 【純正】 Surface Pro 対応 Surfaceペン シルバー EYU-00015

Internet Connection インターネット

Within my family, we use many computers at the same time, and sometimes the connection was really slow. I use surface pro computer and it does not have the connection for Ethernet cable. I learned that by having USB Ethernet Adapter, it becomes possible. I am using Amazon Basics Ethernet Adapter, and the connection is really fast when you connect through line. When I check the internet speed, it showed almost to the maximum download and upload speed. If you have many people in your family using wireless connection, and your speed is not up to par, having Ethernet Adapter might be a good way to go. Now, we can have two different Zoom meeting at the same time with really good connection.

AmazonBasics USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Internet Adapter

我が家では一度に何台ものコンピューターを使います。たまにコネクションが途切れたりよくしていました。私はSurface Proをつかっていて、イサーネットの線がひけないとおもっていたのですが、イサーネットアダプターを使うとUSBの方に線を引くことができます。イサーネットでの接続ではケーブル会社からの契約されたとおりにほぼ近いくらいの速さでダウンロード、アップロードできます。もし家族みんなでワイヤレスを使っていて時々接続が中断されるようならイサーネットアダプターはとてもいいと思います。最近ではズームの会議を二つのコンピューターをつかっても接続は良好です。

Father’s Day Gift Idea 父の日のギフト

Today was BBQ day. I enjoy  BBQ these days. For tell you the truth, I did not enjoy BBQ for a long time, the biggest reason was : Responsibility of cooking the food correctly. Figuring out the grill takes time and where the hot spots are, so I won’t burn the food. The grill I have right now is pretty good, but I do wish to have more space, and consistency in heat. Now father’s day is coming up, and one of my wish list is a new grill. During the summer, it is really great to grill out, although it is pretty hot outside.
Father’s day is coming this Sunday, and I know some of you are thinking about gift ideas. Here is an idea for me.

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel

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First Blog ブログはじめ

Hello, I am Toru Tagawa, Orchestra conductor and violinist. This is my first blog.  I will be writing about things I like, books, recordings, technologies, music and more.
I started walking about a week ago, and it has been great. Arizona gets really hot during the day, so I have to start walking before 7am. During my walks, I listen to a book on audio and just finished listening to this book, Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. Great feature about this audio is the use of music and use of different people’s voices. This book really made me think about how much I assume to know about strangers, but I really don’t. A great audio!
Here is the Link to the Book/Audio on Amazon.
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
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1週間ほど前散歩を始めました。アリゾナ州は日中とても暑くなるので朝早く、7時前に出かけます。散歩中にオーディオブックを聞き始め、Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell を聞きました。普通のただ一人のナレーションでなく音楽も入り、音声も登場人物により音声が変わり、なかには登場人物その人の音声も聞くことができます。自分たちがどれだけ他人のことを知ったようなきで知らないか改めてかんがえさせられました。おすすめの本です。

アマゾン ジャパンのリンク
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know


June – July 2019

June 8 (Sat) @1:30pm: Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams Street, Tucson. tucsonrepertoryorchestra.org

June 8 (Sat) @3pm: Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams Street, Tucson: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5, Reiko Shimokawa, Piano, Dvorak: Symphony No.9 tucsonrepertoryorchestra.org

June 9 (Sun) @7pm: Tucson Pops Orchestra, Guest Conductor: Reid Park Outdoor Performance Center.  https://www.tucsonpops.org/june-9—mariachi-aztlaacuten-de-pueblo-high-school-with-guest-conductor-toru-tagawa.html


Tucson Repertory Orchestra’s Japan Trip 2019: For Information: go to https://tucsonrepertoryorchestra.org/japan2019/

July 6: Minoh, Osaka, Japan

July 7: Kibichuo Cho, Okayama, Japan

July 11: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

July 13: Hiroshima, Japan




January – April 2019

January 12, 2019

Space Exploration

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Wagner/Sheffer: Ride of the Valkyries

Horner/Moss: Apollo 13

Liszt: Les Preludes

Anderson: Bugler’s Holiday

Giacchino/Custer: Star Trek: Through the Years

Holst: Mars and Jupiter from the Planets

Williams/Smith: Star Wars, Epic 2

The Program


February 15-16, 2019

AMEA All Regional Orchestra, South East Region at Eastern Arizona College


March 9,10, 2019: Performing Violin in Bisbee.


Wieniawski: Polonaise Brillinate

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 Spring

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, Trout

Violin: Toru Tagawa, Viola: Emily Chao, Cello: Robert Marshall, Bass: Mike Geddes, Piano Shiho Takeda.


April13, 2019

 At Last  With Crystal Stark as vocal soloist.  With Khris Dodge Entertainment

Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla

Natural Woman (I Feel Like a), Aretha Franklin/King

Stop in the Name of Love Diana Ross

You Keep Me Hanging On Diana Ross

Proud Mary, Tina Turner

Webber/Custer: Phantom of the Opera

When You Wish Upon a Star

Time after Time, Ella Fitzgerald.

I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Dionne Warwick.

At Last, Etta James

Faure: Pavane (with Mixed choir)

Over the Rainbow, with Choir and the Band/Orchestra

If There is Music There, Donna Summer

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Kander+Ebb/Richett: Chicago

MacArthur Park

Last Dance


September 2018-December 2018

October 27, 2018

Teacher and Apprentice

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No.3. Kai Skaggs, Violin

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain.

Wittry: Leaves

Bizet: Carmen Suite No.2

The CODA December Honor Orchestras, November 30-December 1, 2018; University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

CODA Honors String Orchestra, Toru Tagawa, Conductor

Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms, arr. by Robert D. McCashin

Romance for String Orchestra by Gerald Finzi

Irish Legend by Robert Kerr, arr. by Soon Hee Newbold

December 29: Tucson Repertory Orchestra, Music of the Masters.


January 2018-April 2018

January 12,13, Sierra Vista Symphony, Children’s Concerts and Movie and Music Concert.

January 19, 21, Performing Violin in the Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra. (Beethoven, Fidelio, Mahler Symphony No.10, Bernstein: Symphony No.3, Kaddish)

January 27, 28(Tucson), February 3,4,5(Phoenix), Performing Violin in the Arizona Opera Orchestra, Bernstein’s Candide.

February 16, 17, Conducting: the AMEA Southwest Regional Orchestra at McClintock High School, Tempe, AZ. Verdi; La Forza del Destino Overture, Gould: American Salute, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 last movement (Concert starts at 3pm, February 17th, Orchestra is last on the program)

February 20, Conducting: Tucson Repertory Orchestra, Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Brahms: Symphony No.4, Finzi: Romance.

March 14@7pm Conducting: Canyon del Oro High School Concert. Canyon del Oro High School Auditorium, 25 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley AZ

March 15-18, Canyon del Oro High School Trip to Anaheim, CA. Worldstride Heritage Music Festival.

March 20, Conducting: Tucson Repertory Orchestra, Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Shu-Ching Chen, piano, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Jose Leonardi Moore, Violin, Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

March 24, Men Who Cook, fundraising event for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. I will be judging the decoration of the tables this year.  (Last year, I was a chef), Tickets and info: http://sierravistasymphony.org/events/men-who-cook/

April 21, Conducting: Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in concert. 7pm at Buena Performing Arts Center. Borodin: Prince Igor Overture, Stravinsky: Firebird 1919, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4, Tickets and Info:  http://sierravistasymphony.org/concerts/fall-concert/

April 24, Conducting: Tucson Repertory Orchestra. Mahler: Symphony No.5