Explore Music! JAPAN

Experience the Music & Culture of Japan 


Sunday, June 12, 2016, 12-3 p.m.
Edward Jones Commons in the East Academic Building on the campus of Webster University 
545 Garden Ave. (enter at the west side near the CMS)
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Parking is available in the parking garage
located on Garden Ave. directly across the street from the East Academic Building. 

Timeline of activities:
12 p.m. Niji Chorus performance, food from Nobu available for purchase (first come first served), and displays of authentic Japanese kimonos and children's art work. 
12:45 p.m. Origami activity 
1 p.m. Gaku (instrumental ensemble) performance 
2 p.m. Japanese art projects: harie and origami and demonstration of Oshie 

Enjoy performances by Niji Japanese Choral Group at noon and Japanese instrumental ensemble, Gaku at 1 p.m. The ensemble includes traditional Japanese instruments such as the Koto, Shamisen, Jabisen, Taishogoto, Tsuzumi, Taiko Drum, and Suzu. The Niji Chorus is a choir of mixed ethnicity that sings both traditional and contemporary Japanese music. Both groups are under the direction of Ms. Yuki Quattrocchi.

Additionally, children and adults of all ages are invited to participate in traditional Japanese art projects. Create a Harie, a picture made of torn rice paper and made into flowers. Try your hand in Origami, folded paper objects and animals. Watch a demonstration of Oshie (a padded picture) making a kimono. View a display of authentic Japanese kimonos and children's art display.  Professional artwork available for sale. 

Experience authentic Japanese cuisine from Nobu available for purchase beginning at noon.

Niji ChorusWith over thirty years of history, the Niji Choral Group is an amateur ensemble performing Japanese songs, drawing members from throughout the greater St. Louis region. Under the able direction of its conductor and arranger, Ms. Yukiko Quattrocchi, and utilizing a variety of Japanese accompanying instruments, its repertoire ranges from the ancient to the contemporary, from regional traditional folk songs to internationally-recognizable anime music, all from Japan, with a few local favorites thrown in for good measure.

GakuGaku is an amateur group that performs Japanese instrumental music from a wide variety of time periods and styles. Many of its members play multiple instruments, and all are from metropolitan St. Louis. A regular at the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Japanese Festival, the group has also performed in many local venues, introducing the eclectic sounds of Japanese music to appreciative audiences large and small.

Admission:  FREE and open to the public.  For all ages.  Participants can attend multiple sessions or just a single activity.

Questions?  Call (314) 968-5939 or email cms@webster.edu 

Explore Music! JAPAN, Experience the Music and Culture of Japan is presented as part of the Community Music School's global music program, which was established to develop increased exposure to and experience with music of all cultures.  With the belief that all musical styles are equally valid, the CMS endeavors, through the Explore Music! program, to foster social harmony, trust, understanding, and appreciation of all cultures.  Students, teachers, and those with a general interest in music and exposure to diverse cultural music practices are invited to participate and observe.