Nine-day UCSC Pacific Rim Music Festival
begins this Friday
The 2005 Pacific Rim Music Festival--a nine-day international
celebration presented by the UCSC Music Department--kicks off
on the afternoon of Friday, April 29.
Pipa virtuoso Wu Man will perform Friday evening.
The festivities will begin with a parade and outdoor performance
in downtown Santa Cruz by the Korean Folk Percussion Ensemble
(Samulnori), a group of 20 performers from Korea. The ensemble
will be met at the UCSC campus by percussion ensembles from
the Bay Area, as the procession makes its way to the university's
arts complex to unite with the UCSC Gamelan Ensembles
Later that evening, San Francisco's Ensemble Parallèle
will be joined by guest mezzo-soprano Mutsumi Hatano, pipa (lute)
virtuoso Wu Man, and violinist Young-Nam Kim for an opening
concert, titled Hún Qiáo (Bridge of Souls)
Remembrance, Reconciliation and Peace--a program created
in response to modern wartime atrocities.
Other festival highlights include a celebration of composer
Terry Riley's 70th birthday featuring the Kronos Quartet and
tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium;
and an evening with the Berkeley Symphony conducted by internationally
renowned conductor (and UCSC alumnus) Kent Nagano at the Music
Center Recital Hall with guest performance by Japan's celebrated
pianist Aki Takahashi.
For ticket information, call (831) 459-2159 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information and the concert lineup can be found at the
festival web site, pacificrim.ucsc.edu/contact.html.
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