Sakura Songs | 10th Anniversary of The National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre

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In celebration of its 10th anniversary, The National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre presents Sakura Songs on Friday, October 29th at 8:00pm. The evening will feature the music of Japanese-Canadian composer, conductor, and pianist, Leslie Uyeda.

Uyeda, a Montreal native, has strong ties to Vancouver. In the 1930’s, Leslie’s family donated a thousand cherry trees to the City of Vancouver. Uyeda dedicates this concert to the memory of these family members.

A well-established musician in the Vancouver music scene, Uyeda worked as Chorus Music Director for the Vancouver Opera, and most notably as Music Director for the company’s production of Naomi’s Road, an opera based on the popular book by fellow Japanese-Canadian, Joy Kogawa.

Sakura Songs will feature Leslie Uyeda as musical host, with her work being performed by Kathryn Cernauskas (flute/bamboo flute), Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (piano), Heather Pawsey (soprano), and Sue Round (cello). The evening will also feature Uyeda’s haiku songs, as well as songs for soprano and flute with poetry by Joy Kogawa.

This evening is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, National Association of Japanese Canadians, City of Burnaby and Burnaby Arts Council. Tickets are $12 for NNMHC members and seniors, and $15 for non-members.

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