Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage Annual Concert
“Butterflies (Kochō)” from The Tale of Genji, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage Annual Concert

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 4pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

FREE

Lady Murasaki’s 11th-century masterpiece of fiction The Tale of Genji, believed to be the world’s first novel, is filled with her detailed descriptions of music festivals, court music ceremonials, concert rehearsals, and private instrumental ruminations by solitary players. Come hear this music brought to live again by eminent musicians from Japan and elsewhere, together with the Columbia University Gagaku and Hōgaku Ensembles of New York, presented by the IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives at Columbia. This concert also includes the last official poetry made public in January 2019 of the present retiring Emperor and Empress of Japan sung for the first time outside the imperial palace.

The concert is free and open to the public, but advance online registration is required at www.imjs-jchi.org.