Origami Folding Event Planned in OC

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COSTA MESA — To help raise hope and spread awareness for the victims of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County  are hosting an origami paper folding event on Tuesday, April 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the lobby of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The community is invited to learn to fold and make paper cranes, with the ambitious goal of creating 1,000. In Japanese culture, the crane is a symbol of hope, luck and prosperity, and folklore says the act of folding 1,000 cranes grants a wish. The completed cranes, with a wish of health and recovery for the Japanese people, will be sent to cultural arts organizations in the affected areas of Japan.

The crane is a symbol of hope, luck and prosperity.

The paper folding event coincides with a concert by the internationally acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet in Samueli Theater. Members of the Tokyo String Quartet and Japanese Consul General Junichi Ihara are expected to be on hand to participate in making cranes.

The ensemble is performing as part of the Philharmonic Society’s JapanOC, a festival being held in partnership with Carnegie Hall to explore the diversity of Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture.

While by no means required, donations for Japanese relief efforts will also be accepted at the concert. The event is open to the public; origami paper will be provided.

For information, call (714) 556-2121 or visit www.scfta.org.

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