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Gagaku: An Evening of Japanese Classical Music and Dance

Thursday, November 30, 2006 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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In honor of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture

Ono Gagaku Society (Tokyo) and celebrants of the International Shinto Foundation (New York)

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Pre-Concert Reception
7:00 – 8:30 PM: Concert

Paid parking is available at Claremont Avenue Garage.
Entrance is on 120th Street, between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue

Concert Program

Part I: Orchestral Works (Kangen)

Hyōjō no netori

Goshōraku no kyū



Part II: Sacred Shrine Maiden Dance (Kagura mai)

Performed by Noriko Sugisaki and Suzue Nitobe-Matsuda

Urayasu no mai

Part III: Dance Pieces (Bugaku)

Nasori (Rakuson)
Performed by Ryōki Ono

Performed by Hiroshi Shibata

The Ono Gagaku Society, which celebrates its 120th anniversary next spring, was founded in 1887 by Ryōdo Ono, chief priest of the Ono Terusaki Shrine in Tokyo. It is the oldest public Japanese gagaku orchestra and dance group in Japan and is one of the very few public troupes of musician-dancers to be trained exclusively by retired masters of the Music Department of the Board of Ceremonies of the Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō shikibushoku gakubu). The Ono Gagaku Society, currently comprised of ninety members, performs at Shrine ceremonies and public venues throughout Japan. Since 1972, it has performed in the United States and Europe and was awarded the 1980 Grand Prix by the France Records Association for distinguished performance in the category of Non-Western Music. The Ono Gagaku Society maintains a training school for gagaku musicians in Tokyo.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

This concert is presented by the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies, Columbia University and sponsored by the International Shinto Foundation (New York) and the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (Tokyo).


Thursday, November 30, 2006
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY United States
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