The Annual Concert of Japanese Heritage Music – Glories of Japanese Music Heritage XIV
Sunday, March 31, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives at Columbia University will present a concert honoring the civility, peace, and compassion personified by the Heisei Era Retiring Emperor and Empress.
Featuring renowned musicians from Japan and New York, including Mayumi Miyata (shō), Hitomi Nakamura (hichiriki), Takeshi Sasamoto (ryūteki), and the Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York.
The concert is free and open to the public, but please register online here.
The program will include:
Performance of the instrumental court and secular music event depicted by Lady Murasaki throughout her 11th-century masterpiece The Tale of Genji (in cooperation with the special Tale of Genji exhibition to be held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art starting in March).
Music composed by Lady Murasaki’s contemporary, the instrumental prodigy, Minamoto no Hiromasa (Hakuga no sanmi).
Contemporary interpretations of the 12th-century Songs of Otomae, whose lyrics were transcribed by her fan, the Retired Emperor GoShirakawa.
To honor Japan’s most beloved retiring Emperor and Empress the waka each composed for their last New Year Poetry Reading (Utakai hajime) January 2019 will be intoned for the first time outside Japan’s Imperial Palace.
Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and can be made with a credit card online here.