Bonnie Whiting, percussion (guest artist)
Toru Takemitsu – Three Film Scores for string orchestra
Alan Hovhaness – Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints
Kosaku Yamada – Symphony in F major “Triumph and Peace”
East meets West in our season opener featuring Japanese composers and music influenced by Japanese culture. The Three Film Scores for string orchestra by Toru Takemitsu encompass a magical sound world that was featured in the WWII film Black Rain. Alan Hovhaness’ Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints stems from his studies of Eastern cultures and captures the Japanese spirit. Kosaku Yamada helped western music take root in Japan at the turn of the 20th century. Full of delightful classicism and hints of Eastern melodies, his Symphony in F major “Triumph and Peace” was the first symphony ever written by a Japanese composer. Don’t miss our pre-concert prelude at 2pm where Dr. Adam Haws, professor of theory and composition at WWU, will give a talk about the intersection between Japanese and Western music.
Tickets: $15 student/senior, $20 adult