TIS will be holding its 3rd benefit concert on Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 2 pm in Capio Hall. This year there will be a wide variety of music, with the featured performer being Luis Sartor. Luis is the father of a former TIS student and is a member of the Los Tres Amigos who performed in the first TIS concert 2 years ago. Luis will be showcasing his unique skills on the Charango, a small, guitar-like South American instrument and will also lead in a sing along of popular tunes.
Craig Coleman is an American violinist who lives right here in Tsukuba. Craig has been volunteering his time at TIS to teach the children music, and he will be teaming together with Yoshiko Arai on the Japanese koto for a unique blend of sound. Their rendition of "Haru no Umi" (Spring Sea), a beautiful traditional Japanese melody, will be their feature piece.
On a rather different note, the concert will also included some jazz singing. Yoko Kobayashi performs jazz concerts live at various night clubs, and she will be teaming up with Kazumichi Chonan, a professional pianist who performs all over Japan.
And then to round the variety off with a little class, Tokio Ohska (tenor), Keiko Nishimura (mezzo soprano) and Sachie Ushida (soprano) will be singing several well-known arias from operas to the accompaniment of Tomoko Morita.
Tickets are available at the school, from TIS parents and volunteers, and other locations as well. If you would be willing to take a few tickets on consignment to try to sell to your friends, that would be most welcome. Please call the school at 847-0330 or Tim Boyle at 855-1907. Ticket prices are 2500 yen for general admission, 1500 yen for students (high school and under), and a special family discount for 6000 yen for up to 5 people.
As the seating capacity of Capio Hall is limited, we are hoping for a sell-out crowd. So please buy your tickets early.
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