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Emerson Gallery Presents Concert of Japanese Music

By staff  |  Contact staff
Posted October 24, 1997
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The Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College will present a concert of traditional Japanese music on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. Offered in conjunction with the Gallery's current exhibition, Proper, Improper and Heroic: Women in Nineteenth Century Japanese Art, the concert will be performed by members of the New York Sankyoku-Kai (The Traditional Japanese Music Ensemble of New York). The program, which will include music for koto, shakuhachi and voice, will focus on evolving roles of women in nineteenth century Japan and commentary on the music will be provided by the musicians.

The performers, who will appear in traditional Japanese costume, include Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin who performs on the shakuhachi, and Masayo Ishigure, koto and voice. Seldin, who is part of the Japanese Music Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has devoted himself to spreading the teaching of this instrument in America. Trained in Japan, he has performed widely in Japan and the U.S. and has released several recordings of shakuhachi music. Masayo Ishigure, who teaches at Wesleyan University, has been a top disciple of the world famous Koto Master Tadao Sawaii for over 15 years. Now residing in New York City, Ms. Ishigure has done much to spread the knowledge of koto in the United States.

The concert, which will take place at the Emerson Gallery, is free and open to the public. The Emerson Gallery is located in Christian Johnson Hall on the campus of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. The Gallery is wheelchair accessible. For further information, contact the Emerson Gallery at 315 859-4396.

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