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September 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:10 pmFree
About the Event
Celebrate the start of fall with an exclusive piano and violin performance by Chicago’s very own Kozue Funakoshi, Violinist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Reiko Yamada, Principal Keyboardist, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Hear the rich sounds of Bach and Mozart coupled with the vibrancy of Japan’s Ifukube and Okano. A true melding of the beauty of the U.S. and Japan.
J.S. Bach Gavotte and Ronduea / Gigue from Partita for Violin No.3 in E Major, BWV 1006
W.A. Mozart Violin Sonata in G Major, kv. 301 I: Allegro con spiritoso II: Allegro
Akira Ifukube Bon Odori (Nocturnal dance of the Bon-Festival), Allegro energize from Piano Suite
Teiichi Okano Furusato (My hometown)
About the Performers
Kozue Funakoshi joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2000, after three years with the Cleveland Orchestra. A former concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she studied with Hideyuki Nimura, Joseph Genualdi and Sando Shia. A native of Yokohama, Japan, Funakoshi grew up in Kamakura. Her father was a rock musician who played guitar and piano, and her mother was a kindergarten teacher. In 1987, she received first prize at the All Japan Young Musicians Competition, and was awarded a full scholarship to the Tokyo College of Music, where she received a bachelor’s degree.
Funakoshi has appeared on the Cleveland Orchestra’s chamber music series, at conductor Takashi Asahina’s Kurashiki Music Festival, and as a soloist on the Thüringer Philharmonic Orchestra’s 1993 German concert tour. She also served as concertmaster for the Tokyo College of Music Symphony’s 1993 U.S. concert tour, which included performances in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In 2008, Funakoshi performed with the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung.
Reiko Yamada currently serves as the principal keyboardist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She formerly served in that capacity with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 1992 to 1998 and has also appeared as a supplemental keyboardist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was a faculty member of Saint Xavier University and currently teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago.
Yamada is an ardent proponent of the music of Akira Ifukube. She performed as a soloist for Ifukube’s Ritmica Ostinata per Pianoforte ed Orchestra with the Tochigi Symphony Orchestra in 2006, 2010, and 2016, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in 2008, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 2014 and 2016.
Yamada has recorded three critically praised CDs of Ifukube’s music, the first of which selected as “Classical Disc of Month” in Record Geijutsu, a well known Japanese music publication, and spent a week as a number-one bestseller of contemporary music at Tower Records in Japan.
Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Tokyo College of Music, Yamada came to Chicago in 1990 and subsequently studied with Ludmila Lazar and David Schrader at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Music College (Chicago College of Performing Arts) from which she graduated with a master’s degree in piano performance. She then entered the performance certificate program at DePaul University, where she studied piano with the former Chicago Symphony’s principal pianist Mary Sauer.
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