Cape Ann Symphony concert features koto, portion of proceeds to benefit Japan relief

Posted on: March 25, 2011

In Thursday’s (3/24) Gloucester Daily Times (Massachusetts), Gail McCarthy writes, “Music from an ancient Japanese instrument will be featured at Sunday’s Cape Ann Symphony concert, along with classical favorites Rossini and Dvorak. Conductor Yoichi Udagawa welcomes koto soloist Yuki Yasuda for the Koto Magic Concert when she makes her Cape Ann debut Sunday. … In Sunday’s concert, [Yasuda] will perform two world premiere concertos for koto and orchestra with works by composers Takashi Koto and Martin Schreiner … who wrote these concertos especially for the Koto Magic Concert. … One of the two world premieres for the koto that will be performed by the guest artist is ‘Kochi (East Wind),’ written by Takashi Koto, a prize-winning composer associated with Harvard University. The other original work to be unveiled is ‘Concertino No. 3 for Koto and Orchestra,’ written by award-winning composer Martin Schreiner, whose works have been featured in Japan and around the globe. … Cape Ann Symphony also has made this an opportunity to raise money for disaster relief in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. The symphony will donate a portion of ticket sales to the International Red Cross and audience may also make donations in the Fuller lobby.”

Posted March 25, 2011