Since 2003, Arts Midwest World Fest has brought international musicians to communities throughout the Midwest. You may remember when The Arts Center hosted four world-renowned performance groups. Many of us have fond memories of the experience and impact these “visitors” had on our community.
This year, the artists cannot perform in person but Arts Midwest is offering the programs virtually, on-line, available to everyone to enjoy, not just the “host communities.” There are study guides, discussion questions, and videos that accompany each performance group, and of course, concert videos. This year showcases three international groups. Come to The Arts Center gallery, leave the computer hassles at home and watch these cultural performances with us over lunch! This is the last of the “lunch listens” but remember you can enjoy all the concerts and resources via this link: Arts Midwest Worldfest Online.
Hikaru (Japan) – Tuesday, February 2 at 12:00 pm
Explore Japanese folk music with Hikaru. Travel with the band members across Tokyo to explore a festival, a dance studio and a barbershop. Then, tune into Hikaru’s concert to hear Japanese instruments like the 3-string shamisen, the high-pitched shinobue flute, and the rumbling taiko drums as well as traditional singing and dance. Here is a trailer for a little preview.
Can’t make it to The Arts Center? Use your tablet, phone or computer to access these links for the first performance.
- Hikaru: Concert – Explore Japanese folk music with Hikaru in a special concert. Hear instruments like the 3-string shamisen, the high-pitched shinobue flute, and the rumbling taiko drums as well as traditional singing and dance. 33 minute concert
- Hikaru: Off the Stage – Take a look into the lives of each member of Hikaru, an ensemble of traditional Japanese musicians, as they take you to a festival, to the barbershop, to a dance rehearsal, and on a walk on the Asakusa. 15 minutes.
The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by Sally Jeppson. Sally has worked in the arts for over 30 years. She has an MA in Art History and is responsible for The Arts Center’s exhibits & Art for Life program that provides arts activities to seniors. In her time off, Sally keeps busy exercising, gardening, cooking and riding horses while running a business that works with museums, galleries and organizations to create exhibit materials, artwork and displays.