CMS Presents Explore Music! JAPAN June 12

Jun. 1, 2016

CMS Presents Explore Music! JAPAN June 12

Explore the music and culture of Japan at Explore Music! JAPAN from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, in the East Academic Building on the campus of Webster University presented by the Community Music School.

Authentic Japanese cuisine from Nobu will be available for purchase.

Enjoy performances by Niji Japanese Choral Group at noon and Japanese instrumental ensemble, Gaku at 1 p.m. The ensemble includes traditional Japanese instruments such as the Koto, Shamisen, Jabisen, Taishogoto, Tsuzumi, Taiko Drum, and Suzu. The Niji Chorus is a choir of mixed ethnicity that sings both traditional and contemporary Japanese music. Both groups are under the direction of Yuki Quattrocchi.  

Additionally, children and adults of all ages are invited to participate in traditional Japanese art projects.  Create a Harie, a picture made of torn rice paper and made into flowers.Try your hand in Origami, folded paper objects and animals. Watch a demonstration of Oshie (a padded picture) making a kimono. View a display of authentic Japanese kimonos and children's art display.  

Explore Music! JAPAN

Sunday, June 12, from 12-3 p.m.
East Academic Building (EAB)
Free and open to the public. For all ages.  
Participants can attend multiple sessions or just a single activity. For more info visit or call (314) 968-5939.

About the Performers

With over thirty years of history, the Niji Choral Group is an amateur ensemble performing Japanese songs, drawing members from throughout the greater St. Louis region. Under the able direction of its conductor and arranger, Yukiko Quattrocchi, and utilizing a variety of Japanese accompanying instruments, its repertoire ranges from the ancient to the contemporary, from regional traditional folk songs to internationally-recognizable anime music, all from Japan, with a few local favorites thrown in for good measure.

Gaku is an amateur group that performs Japanese instrumental music from a wide variety of time periods and styles. Many of its members play multiple instruments, and all are from metropolitan St. Louis. A regular at the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Japanese Festival, the group has also performed in many local venues, introducing the eclectic sounds of Japanese music to appreciative audiences large and small.

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