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Symphonic music in the 21st century often takes back seat to any number of other musical genres or spectator activities, but Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra hopes to remind Philadelphia about the beauty and wonder of the symphony. For their inaugural concert at the Dell Music Center, Knight Arts grantee Black Pearl will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Ode […]

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It’s always a pleasure to see José Bedia’s work shown in new and innovative ways. As one of Miami’s most treasured and respected artists, we usually see him in bits and pieces in museum shows, not in a thematically generated solo show, like what will open on Thursday at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery. “Solitary Sailor” […]

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By Laura Bruney and Sonia Hendler, The Arts & Business Council of Miami The reality of a “divide” between the arts and direct and profitable partnerships with business and specific industries is certainly not a new topic. What is new, however, are ways that arts and businesses are utilizing their unique resources to bridge that […]

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With the arrival of June and the fast approach of summer, Queen City residents have many seasonal activities to look forward to, but perhaps one of the most beloved is the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Pops concert series. Sprawled on blankets across the lawn with picnics and cool beverages, audience members enjoy symphony classics like […]

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“Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother” is playwright and director Rick Shiomi’s first new work since his departure from Mu Performing Arts (a Knight Arts grantee) last year. At Saturday’s stripped-down workshop performance of the play at Dreamland Arts, Shiomi described the work as “about halfway there;” he said he had some tweaking yet to […]

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It’s the first of the month, and that means there’s something planned for all types of people who may want to join the festive fun. Some events may be laid-back, while others may be hyped and ready to turn it up. Well, if you’re like me, you just may attend all four of these events. […]

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Study in Japan

Published on May 30, 2014 by in St. Paul

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By Iris Shiraishi, Mu Daiko Artistic Director A true highlight of my taiko career happened just recently!  A grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Next Step Fund enabled me to spend two weeks in Tokyo to study with master artist/instructor Kyosuke Suzuki of the Wakayama Ryu (school). Suzuki Sensei (teacher) teaches the music […]

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By Randy Reyes, Artistic Director Mu Performing Arts If you travel to small towns across Minnesota, you will notice a peculiarity about their restaurant offerings, something that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. In these small towns, with little cultural diversity, there is always a Chinese restaurant. This brought up questions for me about the restaurant owners. How […]

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By Enide Dufresne, Miami Music Project The Miami Music Project String Quintet made a remarkable impression with their three concerts on May 21st, 22nd and 24th for the prestigious Festival de Saint-Denis/Métis in Paris, France. They captured the very essence of Miami, by presenting a rich repertoire influenced by North American, Cuban, Haitian, Brazilian and […]

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There is a lot going on in Sanford Biggers’ “3 Dollars & 6 Dimes” exhibit at the David Castillo Gallery–maybe one of the biggest named artists Castillo has shown to date. Start with the title, which has a lot of numbers and history going on in it. Singer Erykah Badu made the phrase famous, and […]

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