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The Shumei Arts Council will present the 2014 Clyde Montgomery Concert on April 6, from 1:30 pm at Shumei Hall ,2430 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena. This concert commemorates the Shumei Arts Council’s 15th anniversary.
This event consists of two parts. The first part features selected excellent young musicians from the USC Thornton School of Music. The program includes “Beethoven String Quartet No.9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3″, and also a world premiere, “Heart Logic” by Stephen Cohn, an Emmy award-winning composer.
Ga Hyun Cho, one of the musicians for this concert, came to international prominence upon winning First Prize and Audience Prize in the Max Rostal International Violin Competition in 2012. She is currently enrolled in the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a Startling Foundation Scholarship recipient, under the tutelage of Midori Goto, a world renowned violinist and distinguished professor of USC.
In the second half of the concert, we present two Japanese traditional dances, Kiyomoto “Kurama-jishi” and Nagauta “Sagi-musume.” These dances will be performed by Madame Hisami Wakayagi and her disciples.
Kiyomoto is one school of “Jyoruri” and became dance music for a drama in Kabuki. Kiyomoto music was developed as popular dance music during the Edo period. Nagauta developed in the Edo period as accompaniment music for Kabuki.
This event is supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.
Free admission. For more details, please call 626 584 8841 or visit www.shumeiarts.org/events.html.