The Second Annual Tsukuba International School Benefit Concert was held on Nov. 23 in Capio Hall. The variety and quality of music was well appreciated by the approximately 100 people in attendance. The group, Candela, a group of 5 international musicians from Tokyo, got the afternoon off to a rousing start with their unique sound of Latin jazz with a Japanese flair. The second half started off with the vibrant drums of the Tokiwa Daiko group with the help of the TIS children. This was followed by solos by Craig Coleman on the violin and songs by soprano Yoshiko Shimada. The next part of the program was a worldwide tour in music with songs played by Mr. Coleman and Hiroko Yamada on the piano with Ms. Shimada singing. The children and their teachers, Richard Keeling and Brian Hartman then joined in the final numbers with the chorus director Toshie Sato and accompanist Yukiko Hayashi on the piano.
When the Nov. 23 date was reserved last spring, it seemed like a good date, since it was a national holiday. But it seems that many other groups chose this same date for their events as well, and so many people that would have liked to come were not able to. TIS wishes to thank all those who participated including quite a few who bought tickets to support the school even though they knew they would not able to attend. Next year, TIS plans to have it on an ordinary Saturday afternoon if possible to avoid as many competing events as possible.
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