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Music From Japan 40th Anniversary Concert

Mayumi Miyata, sho; Wu Man, pipa; Jin Hi Kim, komungo Three of the world’s leading exponents of Asian instruments make a rare joint appearance in this concert of traditional and contemporary music for Japanese sho (mouth organ), Korean komungo (zither), and Chinese pipa (lute). The program features classical and contemporary solos for each instrument, plus the Washington premiere of Unkai (Sea of Clouds), a commissioned work for all three artists by new-music innovator Ned Rothenberg.  Mayumi Miyata has performed on sho with Björk, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra (with conductor Charles Dutoit), the New York Philharmonic (with André Previn), and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra (with Seiji Ozawa). Jin Hi Kim has performed commissioned works on komungo from the Kronos Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Boston Modern Music Project. Her jazz collaborations include work with Oliver Lake, William Parker, Bill Frisell, and… Categories: After Five. Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free tickets are available for all winter and spring concerts (with service charge) through Ticketmaster beginning at 10 am on Monday, January 12, at ticketmaster.com or 800.551.7328. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before show time on a first-come, first-served basis. Related Events: ​The concert is part of Music From Japan’s 40th anniversary festival and tour, which includes performances, lectures, demonstrations, and open forums in New York; Washington, DC; Fukushima, Japan; and Tokyo. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Musicians from Marlboro II

Don’t miss Metropolitan Opera soprano Sarah Shafer and mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle, who has appeared with the San Francisco Opera and at Royal Albert Hall (London), as they perform gorgeous songs by Brahms and Dvořák. Hungarian pianists Izabella Simono and Dénes Várjon combine their talents for virtuoso works for piano four-hands by Gyorgy Kurtág. And violinist Michelle Ross and cellist Brook Speltz join in for Schubert’s Notturno and Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio. The complete program includes selections from Dvořák’s Moravian Duets; Brahms’ Vier Duette, op. 61; Schubert’s Adagio in E-flat Major, D. 897 (Notturno); portions of Kurtág’s Transcriptions from Machaut to J.S. Bach for Four-Hands Piano and his Games for Piano for Four-Hands Piano; and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D Major, op. 70, no. 1 (Ghost). Categories: After Five. Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free tickets are available for all winter and spring concerts (with service charge) through Ticketmaster beginning at 10 am on Monday, January 12, at ticketmaster.com or 800.551.7328. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before show time on a first-come, first-served basis. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.