Sunday, April 5, 2015

"Kokoro" Japanese Composers Free Concert


 Cultural Center in Washington, DC:
Kokoro, Japanese Melodies from the Heart - NCBF Concert at Millennium Stage, April 6, 2015
A special free performance of Japanese music at the Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center featuring Asako Tamura, Masayo Ishigure, and Shuko Tada!
Entitled Kokoro, the Japanese word for "heart," this concert features early 20th century melodies by Japanese composers.


Asako Tamura

A native of Kyoto, Japan, Asako Tamura has appeared with opera companies worldwide. She recently made her debut in London at the Royal Albert Hall in "Madam Butterfly" (Cio-Cio San) to rapturous reviews from the London critics. Ms. Tamura's performance experience include appearances in "Lucia di Lammermoor", Verdi's "I Masnadieri", "L'Ottavia", and "Romeo et Juliette", to name a few. Her many appearances in orchestral concerts around the world include The Three Tenors (Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras) in Yokohama, Japan, the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, L.A. Symphony, Opera Ai Fori Gala Concert Orchestra (Rome), Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming performances include "La Traviata" (Violetta) with the Kalamazoo Symphony (Michigan) in September and Cio-Cio San at the Sarasota Opera (Florida) in October/November.
Masayo Ishigure

Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto and jiuta shamisen at the age of five in Gifu, Japan and has created an extensive multi-faceted career that continues to stretch the limits of the koto while maintaining a strong grasp of the tradition. After initial studies with Tadao and Kazue Sawai, Masayo became a special research student in 1986 at the Sawai Koto Academy of Music. The aim of the academy was to shed new light on koto music by incorporating everything from Bach to jazz, thus changing the koto from being perceived as a strictly traditional Japanese instrument into an instrument of universal expressiveness.
In 2005, Masayo Ishigure was a recording artist for the Grammy Award-Winning soundtrack from the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha" by John Williams alongside Yitzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and others. In 2001, she released her own solo CD entitled "Grace". Ms. Isigure moved to New York City in 1992 and has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall, BAM, Merkin Hall, Japan Society, Symphony Space and was a guest artist with the San Diego Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Shuko Tada 
Shuko Tada is a singer born in Tatsuno City, Hyogo Prefecture. After graduating from Tatsuno Senior High School, she studied in the Vocal Performance Department of the Music Faculty of the Kyoto City University of Arts. She began appearing in the media while she was still a student. After graduating from KCUA, she studied abroad at Austria's Mozzarteum Conservatory. She earned her PhD under Grace Bumbry. After returning to Japan, she stepped into a wide range of media roles, working as a News Anchor, Reporter, and Radio Personality, mostly in the Kansai region.
Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival®.
This event is free and requires no reservations. For more information please visit the Millennium Stage.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566