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Asako Tamura Appears on 12th Circle Wind Concert ! 

HaraHara Singers Will Be Coming from Higashi-Matsushima, Japan

The Circle Wind Concert, commemorating 9.11 tragedy in 2001 and 3.11 tsunami disaster in Japan in 2011, will be held at Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Hall at 129 67th Street starting 6:30pm.
This year we will welcome a world acclaimed soprano soloist, Asako Tamura. Her many appearances in orchestral concerts around the world include the one with The Three Tenors, Domingo, Pavarotti and Carreras. Masterpieces of Ave Maria written by different composers are her signature songs and we are fortunate to have her on our stage this time. Japan Choral Harmony TOMO will collaborate with her in some of the Ave Maria songs.
Also featured will be Yurika Mihara, an acclaimed pianist in New York, and HaraHara Singers from Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi, one of the most heavily devastated areas hit by the Great East-Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.They have been active in a number of events to support the victims for recovering from the devastation.

The Circle Wind Boys & Girls Choir will host the concert along with Japan Choral Harmony TOMO as well as the Circle Wind Chamber Ensemble as they did last year. Kyoko Gasha, senior producer of Thomson Reuters and film director, will be the MC for the night. Donations made during the concert will be delivered to The Children's Future Institute, Miyagi Prefecture, that has been supporting the children in the devastated areas by 3.11 tsunami by way of publishing a children's newspaper periodically.

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ソプラノの田村麻子さんがゲスト出演! 

被災地からはハラハラシンガーズ>

今年で12回目となる風の環コンサートには世界的に活躍するソプラノの田村麻子さんが出演する。田村さんは1999年の渡米以来、欧米各地の数々の歌劇場でで主役を務めるなど精力的に活動してきた。3大テナーのドミンゴ、カレラス、パバロッティとも共演。2007年のリンカーンセンターデビューでは「輝くソプラノ」とニューヨークタイムズに絶賛された。
先月浜離宮朝日ホールにて海外デビュー20周年の記念リサイタルを公演。アンコールでは満員の聴衆を総立ちにした。田村さんと言えば数々の著名作曲家のアベマリアをその抜群の歌唱力で歌いこなすことで知られているが、今回もカッチーニやシューベルトなど数曲のアベマリアを披露する予定で、ホスト役であるJapan Choral Harmony「とも」とも共演する。

風の環コンサートでは毎年被災地からアーティストを招待しているが、今年は東日本大震災で壊滅的な被害にあった東松島から男声4人組のカルテット「ハラハラシンガーズ」が出演する。宮城県内のイベントはもちろんの事福島県の飯舘村や中越地震の時には山古志村を訪問するなど日本各地で演奏している。NHKの「きらり!えん旅」にも出演した。

またニューヨーク在住の若手ピアニストとして注目されている三原有利加さんも今回風の環デビューを果たす。特にショパンの名曲を繊細なタッチで弾きこなす実力派として期待されている。 さらに去年同様、プロの若手弦楽奏者で組織する風の環室内アンサンブルがクラシックだけでなく、タンゴの名曲を披露する。ホストは例年どおり、Japan Choral Harmony「とも」と風の環少年少女合唱団。MCは去年に引き続き、トムソンロイターのシニアプロデューサーで映画監督としても知られる我謝京子氏が務める。

日時: 2019年9月11日(水曜日) 6:30pm開演 (開場は6:00pm)
会場: Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th Street, New York
Ticket: $10-
Online Purchase : www.KaufmanMusicCenter.org.
またはKaufman CenterのBox Officeでも購入できる。
問い合わせは:
japan.choral.harmony@gmail.com
mikeshirota125@gmail.com

主催: 9.11 Circle Wind Memorial Concert, NPO under IRA501(c)(3)

The 12th Circle Wind Concert 

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令和最初のハポン使節団来日! 仙台で結婚式も! 

The 1st Reiwa Japon Embassy from Coria del Rio Visited Sendai !
A Couple Gave A Wedding in an Authentic Shinto Style !


A delegation of 22 Japon-sans came to Japan from Coria del Rio, Spain and visited Sendai area from August 5 to August 10. It is their first visit to Japan for all the members except Juan Francisco Japon, President of Japon-Hasekura Association in Spain who had been there 4 times already, They visited Hasekura's graves in Sendai, Kawasaki-machi and Oosato-machi one by one in the sweltering hot weather of dead summer in Japan. They enjoyed the fireworks on the Tanabata eve.as well as the famous Tanabata (star festival) in Sendai. Also, they visited Zuihoden, a mausoleum of Date Masamune, where they met Mr. Yasumune Date, the 18th head of Date family. They also visited Department of Literature of Tohoku University to discuss so-called Hasekura League to be developed among and between Hasekura-related cities such as Coria del Rio, Civitavecchia, Acapulco, Havana, and several Japanese cities or towns, including Sendai, Kawasaki, Osata, Yonezawa and Onagawa.
The highlight of the tour was the wedding by Juan Carlos Japon and Yolanda Mellado which was carried out in a typical Shinto style at the outside Noh-stagel of Shozankan, one of the most prestigious and classic wedding hall in Japan. It had been a long dream for the couple that the wedding ceremony be conducted in Japan in a typical Japanese style.
In Onagawa, they met the youth members of Cobaltore Onagawa, that was an emotional reunion since the young soccer players flew to Coria del Rio to participate the 1st Hasekura Cup fought among the youth teams, The Real Betis, Coria FC and Cobaltore Onagawa. They really had a good time by singing and dancing Sevilliana, traditional style of flamenco over eating and drinking.
The tour is officially supported by NPO 9.11 Circle Wind Memorial Concert and Japon Hasekura Supporting Association.

ハポンさん結婚式花は咲く合同合唱L
Coro HAGI, Coro TOMO along with all Japon sans singin Hanawa Saku together at the stage of wedding hall of The Shouzankan.

ハポン使節団川崎町全員L
Japon sans were overwelmingly welcomed by Kawasaki people. Tsunenaga grew up in Kawasaki during his youth period. There exists his grave where Japon sans all climbed up to pray.

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In front of one of the buildings of Dept. of Literature, Tohoku University. Japon-sans have discussed the possibility of firming up the relationship with the prestigious university for creating HASEKURA LEAGUE among and between the cities related to Hasekura Tsunenaga.

ハポン使節団仙台博物館L
With the bride and groom near Date Masamune;s armor in The Sendai Museum..

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First experience of Karaoke !
Dynamic, sensational and powerful youngsters of Japon girls. They seem to have been inspired by the Japanese cultures, traditions, life styles, behavior and mentality encountering one after another just like a bolt out of the blue during their sty in Japan.

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KHB announcer, Ms. Itoi, also enjoyed flamenco dance. She seems to have a good sense.

ハポン使節団8女川フラメンコL
The last night of their trip ended up with a ball of flamenco as expected very much.
Everyone kept dancing as if he/she were a professional dancer.