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A screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was held in conjunction with a performance by the Meiji Gakuin Orchestra on Sunday, July 2, at the Ion Cinema Minato Mirai on the fifth floor of Yokohama World Porters.

At two performances, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, the orchestra performed three works, including Pirates of the Caribbean Medley. About two hundred people came to the morning concert and were treated to a spectacular live performance.

“We had only a month to rehearse,” said the orchestra’s student leader Takumi Naoshima, a third-year student in the department of Political Science, “but we all banded together to work hard in preparation for these performances. The next time we have a chance, we’d like to challenge ourselves with new experiments like this one.” As soon as the students concluded the morning concert, they felt an immediate response from the audience.

This event was a first for the Ion Cinema Minato Mirai, as well. Ryogo Kou general manager of the theater, remarked, “I hope that creating events like this with students will provide increased motivation for young people to come back to movie theaters, even though they are patronizing movie theaters less and less.” He expressed the wish that there would be more such activities with the orchestra in the future.

Before and after the afternoon concerts, small ensembles performed for free on the first and second floors of Yokohama World Borders. They received hearty applause from audiences for their performances of pieces such as Pirates of the Caribbean Medley, Libertango, and A Whole New World.

The orchestra’s next event will be its 90th regular concert on Friday, November 17. As soon as the details are finalized, they will be announced on the orchestra’s website.

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