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Enjoy A Cross-Cultural Concert In Scarsdale

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale is welcoming residents to the inaugural concert of its new “Global Harmonies” concert series, “Music from Around the World.”

The program, Autumn Chrysanthemums, will feature traditional Japanese music and instruments in collaboration with contemporary pieces written for a mix of Eastern and Western disciplines and tonalities. The free concert will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 13. at the music school.

As a part of the “Global Harmonies” series, the school will use music as a connective tissue to bring together every country and culture around the world, and promote global understanding. The concerts will “create a colorful mosaic of sound that touches the human spirit and unifies our journey on this planet,” said Public Relations Director Terry Joshi. 

The guest artists for Autumn Chrysanthemums, Yoko Reikano Kumura, Hikaru Tamaki and James Nyoraku Schlefer, perform through Kyo-Shin-An Arts, which was founded in 2008 to create and promote new music that integrates Japanese instruments into Western classical music.

In the spirit of Kyo-Shin-An Arts, the concert will be a cross-cultural mix of East and West. The musicians will feature instruments such as the koto, shamisen, shakuhachi, cello and vocals.

They will play Michiyo Miyagi’s “Haru no Umi” for the koto and shakuhachi, the 17th century piece “Shin-Zarashi” featuring the shamisen and vocals, a traditional melody with a solo shakuhachi and a cross-cultural original composition by Schlefer that will employ the koto, cello and shakuhachi.

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