Emerson Gallery Presents Concert of Japanese Music

The Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College willpresent a concert of traditional Japanese music on Wednesday, November 12 at7:30 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 (TheTraditional Japanese Music Ensemble of New York). The program, which willinclude music for koto, shakuhachi and voice, will focus on evolving roles ofwomen in nineteenth century Japan and commentary on the music will be providedby the musicians.

The performers, who will appear in traditional Japanese costume, include RonnieNyogetsu Seldin who performs on the shakuhachi, and Masayo Ishigure, koto andvoice. Seldin, who is part of the Japanese Music Program at the GraduateCenter of the City University of New York, has devoted himself to spreading theteaching of this instrument in America. Trained in Japan, he has performedwidely in Japan and the U.S. and has released several recordings of shakuhachimusic. Masayo Ishigure, who teaches at Wesleyan University, has been a topdisciple of the world famous Koto Master Tadao Sawaii for over 15 years. Nowresiding in New York City, Ms. Ishigure has done much to spread the knowledgeof koto in the United States.

The concert, which will take place at the Emerson Gallery, is free and open tothe public. The Emerson Gallery is located in Christian Johnson Hall on thecampus of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. The Gallery is wheelchairaccessible. For further information, contact the Emerson Gallery at 315859-4396.

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