Oct. 23 — The 35th Anniversary Awaya-Kai Koto Charity Concert will take place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach.
This year’s production will include performances by Yoko Awaya and members of the Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory as well as several distinguished guest artists and performers. Yoko Awaya received her teaching and master’s degree from the famed Michio Miyagi School of Koto in Japan. In 1994, she founded the Yoko Awaya Koto Music Conservatory, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promulgation of koto and shamisen music while enhancing cultural awareness and appreciation.
The concert will feature a special guest artist from Japan, Mme. Senba Kokun. Mme. Kokun is a renowned tsuzumi (Japanese drum) artist and teacher who has conducted workshops and seminars internationally and performs and tours extensively in Japan and the United States. She will perform a duet with Yoko Awaya of classical pieces from “Rokudan” and “Midare.” The concert will also feature a variety of music from classical to contemporary and from Western to Japanese. Pieces include “Sakura New Version” (a dynamic orchestral piece with many guest artists), “A Maiden’s Prayer,” “Medley of Japanese Children’s Songs,” “Okinawa Folk Songs” and “Gake no ue no Ponyo.”
Additional guest artists include the Sakura Chorus with conductor Miyoko Hataye; Japanese dance performers Bando Mitsuhiro Kai, Bando Hidesomi, and Yonamine Keiko Okinawa Dance Group; Jim Thompson, Shakuhachi; Yoshie Teuffel, flute and shinobue; Tetsuya Nakamura, taiko; Saeko Kujiraoka and Katsuko Teruya, koto.
Bill Crowley will be the Master of Ceremony and will perform Rakugo, traditional Japanese comedy storytelling.
The concert is supported by Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California, Japanese Community Pioneer Center, Dai Nippon Nokai Nanka Shikai, Okinawa Association of America, Inc., LA Tokyokai, Northern California Hyakudokai, Soto Group International, Inc. and LA Kimono Club.
A portion of the net proceeds from this year’s concert will benefit Keiro Senior Healthcare.
General admission tickets are $25 if purchased in advance or $30 at the door. Children (5-12 years old) tickets are $10. Advance tickets are available as follows:
All American Tickets www.allamerican-tkt.com (888) 507-3287
Sakuraya (Gardena) (310) 323-7117
Hiromi Komiyama [email protected]
Sawtelle Books (West Los Angeles near Nijiya) (310) 477-8686
Satoe Kamikihara (Orange County) (714) 545-6083
Uyehara Travel (Little Tokyo) (213) 680-2499
Tickets can also be purchased at the box office on the day of the concert. For additional information, call (310) 329-5965 or (310) 791-1508.