Monday, April 18, 2011

Midwest Young Artists: Weekend of Music

Midori Hisaeda; Kanae Tsuruga; Hideko Amano, Consul General of Japan, George Hisaedo
The weekend was full of music!  In addition to the rehearsals getting ready for our final large ensemble concerts the next two weekends, Saturday night was the last of this year's Music at the Fort concerts. Hideko Amano, an outstanding flutist and dedicated teacher, performed a wonderful program of romantic flute works.  Her final selection, Furusato (My Homeland) was poignantly appreciated by the large number of Japanese in attendance, including the Consul General of Japan and his wife, Midori.  Both the Consul General and his wife are music lovers.  Midori takes violin lessons from Sonia Hadar, and her husband, George, told me he practices trombone two hours a day.  The concert was dedicated to help support the disaster relief efforts from the earthquake in Japan.  Instead of wine and cheese, guests were served a sampling of exquisite teas and ginger biscuits from from The Green Teaist in Lake Forest, making for a wonderful evening.

If you also wish to make a donation for the Japan Disaster Relief, you can send a check to: 
Consulate General of Japan
(Attn:  Disaster Relief:  Japan's earthquake)
737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL  60611

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