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35th Annual Holiday Fundraiser & Bonenkai

December 9 @ 5:20 pm - 6:20 pm

About the Event

To celebrate 91 years of U.S.-Japan friendship in true holiday spirit, the Society will host a virtual 35th Annual Holiday Fundraiser and Bonenkai on December 9, 2021 via ZOOM. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy a dynamic performance by Duo YUMENO in time for the holidays. In addition, the Society will launch a virtual silent auction, including an array of certificates and items available for bidding. The proceeds from this event will benefit programming and educational endeavors.

Register for the Event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/35th-annual-holiday-fundraiser-bonenkai-tickets-198340139697

About the Performers

Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto and shamisen • Hikaru Tamaki, cello

The New York-based ensemble Duo YUMENO creates a singular fusion of sound that blends tradition with contemporary sensibility to inspire and explore the dialogue between classical Japanese and Western music. Their performances have been praised by the New York Times and New York Classical Review. As cultural ambassadors, Duo YUMENO has been invited to perform at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence in Istanbul, the inaugural concert of Japan-CARICOM Friendship Year 2014 in Trinidad and University of Cambridge. Awards include a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant and the Aoyama Music Award – Barocksaal Prize. Duo YUMENO has performed at prestigious venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, United Nations, Japan Society, Tokyo National Museum, Ryoan-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine. In 2019, the duo performed its 10th Anniversary Concert to a sold-out audience at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.

Yoko Reikano Kimura

Kimura is the Winner of the prestigious 10th Kenjun Memorial National Koto competition, and was awarded a scholarship from the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan. As a koto/shamisen soloist, she has performed with numerous string quartets, chamber ensembles and orchestras. In 2021, Kimura gave the Japan
premiere performance of Koto Concerto: Genji (composed by Daron Hagen) with the members of the New Japan Philharmonic. (yokoreikanokimura.com)

Hikaru Tamaki

Following his studies at Eastman School of Music, Rice University and Northwestern University, Tamaki served as the principal cellist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and has given numerous performances of major concertos with the orchestra. He currently serves as the principal cellist of the Berkshire Opera Festival Orchestra and is a member of the Albany Symphony. (hikarucello.com)

Duo URL: duoyumeno.com

Duo Facebook: facebook.com/duoyumeno

 

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