"Otsukimi" is a Japanese tradition in September to appreciate the full moon to express gratitude for this year’s harvest and hope for the year to come. GEIDAI graduates Soprano NAKAGAWA Naoko and pianist ICHIKAWA Junko present art songs and piano music in the theme of the Moon and autumn. The program includes Japanese traditional folk songs and art songs as well as selections from famous opera arias.
All ages are welcome.
For the GEIDAI music & arts collaboration, YAMMA established by the designer Nana Yamasaki and jewelry artist Keiko Kubota-Miura will be providing stage costumes as well as jewelry and accessories for them on the day of the concert.
All guests can also participate in hands-on Suminagashi -Japanese paper marbling- experience during the intermission.
This event is supported by DOUSEIKAI (同声会)-Official Alumni Association of Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Music, and Tokyo University of the Arts Alumni Association of New York.
NAKAGAWA, Naoko is a graduate of the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts. Nakagawa's remarkable voice is well known in Japan and she has appeared in concerts throughout Japan as a soloist and a guest singer. American audiences have also received her warmly after coming to New York City in 2006.
Ms. Nakagawa started her vocal training at the age of fifteen. Her teachers include Noriko Fujiwara, Michio Tatara, Dora Ohrenstein, Jean-Ronald LaFond, Joan Krueger, Martina Arroyo, and Maestro Steven M. Crawford of Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Nakagawa made her role debut as Masha in A Feast in the Time of the Plague written by César Cui at the little OPERA THEATRE of NY in 2009 and appeared at The Hudson Guild Theatre in New York. Since then, she has appeared in many concerts in and around New York. Notably, she has appeared at the Benefit Concert for Japan in May 2011 hosted by Artists in Action for Japan as well as in June 2011 with the Concert for Japan hosted by the Consulate General of Germany and Consulate General of Japan in New York in June 2011 to raise funds for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
She has continued her artistic career by touring worldwide at various venues while building a foundation for the next generation of musicians through her work as a voice teacher.
Classical pianist ICHIKAWA Junko was born in Obihiro, Hokkaido. Currently based in New York City, Junko has performed all over the world, including solo recitals at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon, and many other recital halls around the world. She has performed as a soloist with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), as well as with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Residenz Orchester, and many others.
Most recently, she has been performing special invitational solo recitals aboard CUNARD’s Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria super luxury ocean liners.
Junko is a graduate of Tokyo National University of Arts, New York University, and Mannes College of Music, and has earned her DMA at Rutgers University.