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Tsukuba International School Benefit Concert: November 2001

Author: Tsukuba International School , Issue: November 2001, Topic: Events

Last year, TIS held its first benefit concert in Nova Hall, with about 250 in attendance. The music was really great, with many commenting on how surprised they were at the high quality of the concert. This year's concert promises to be just as good, and will be held in Capio Hall on Friday, Nov. 23 (a national holiday) at 2 pm. While not nearly as large as Nova Hall, Capio is much cosier and is well-suited for the type of music planned.

The main attraction is a relatively new group by the name of Candela. The following is their own PR blurb:


Reese Erlich of Jazz Perspectives on KCSM-FM describes CANDELA as 'a dynamite Latin jazz group that successfully incorporates the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese instrument, to create a wonderful blend of sounds combining the best of European, Latin and Japanese traditions'. Candela was founded in 1999 by Bruce Huebner, the first non-Japanese to graduate from the prestigious Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in Japanese Shakuhachi bamboo flute. Using shakuhachi, French horn, saxophone, flute, bass clarinet, Latin percussion, drums and double bass, this unique quintet performs both original works and arrangements of traditional.

Candela will perform for the entire first half of the concert, and after a brief intermission, will be followed by an entourage of local talent. The second half will start with a rousing performance on the Taiko drums by the Tokiwa Daiko group. Local violinist Craig Coleman participated in last year's concert as well, and he will be doing both solo numbers and compositions involving pianist Hiroko Yamada and soprano Keiko Shimada. The second half will also include participation by the TIS children in a few of the numbers.

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 47-0330 or Tim Boyle at 55-1907. Ticket prices are Y2500 for general admission, Y1500 for students (high school and under), and a special family discount for Y6000 for up to 5 people. Last year's concert netted over Y300,000 for the school, and it is hoped that this year will even be better.

As the seating capacity of Capio Hall is limited, we are predicting a sell-out crowd. So please buy your tickets early.

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