Featuring Distinguished Musicians
from Boston and Japan

Welcome to the second annual American-Japanese Cultural Concert Series.

To me, Boston has always been a city of music. For many years, I have had a vision of bringing together distinguished musicians from Japan and America to collaborate in offering beautiful music to the world. Last spring, we had the inaugural American-Japanese Cultural Concert Series, which was very successful. This year, we are delighted to have with us from Japan Mr. Masaharu Yamamoto, clarinetist and professor at the Tokyo University of Arts. Together with musicians from Boston, Mr. Yamamoto will be playing Trio “Marchenzahlungen” by Schumann in celebration of the composer’s two hundredth birthday.

In addition, we are most fortunate to have a very special guest with us this year. Emanuel Ax, world renowned pianist, will join us on April 30th at the Church of the Redeemer to play Mozart’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, a work that Mozart regarded as the best he had ever written. We are thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to hear Mr. Ax perform this beautiful piece.

We also welcome Dr. Hiroshi Ishii, a Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab. He will be presenting on May 2nd an introductory talk on the American-Japanese Cultural Concert Series.

We are delighted as well to welcome back to the American-Japanese Cultural Concert Series Edwin Barker, a most respected bassist, who will be playing the world premiere of his transcription of Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen for double bass and piano on May 2nd.

I invite you to join me for these “once in a lifetime” concerts celebrating the many talents of Japanese and American artists.

-Director of the American-Japanese Cultural Concert Series,
Keisuke Wakao (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

American-Japanese Cultural Concert Series 2009

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