2013 - 2014 Season
March 14, 2014
6 pm - 10 pm
Shumei Hall & Shumei Hall Gallery (MAP)
6:15 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:15 pm and 9:15 pm
Japanese painting exhibition
by Robert Crowder Award recipient
A reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 1 pm to 5 pm in conjunction with the Clyde Montgomery Concert 2014.
Montgomery Concert 2014
April 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm
The Shumei Arts Council celebrates its 15th anniversary by presenting this annual concert combined with Japanese traditional dancing by Madame Hisami Wakayagi and her selected disciples. Mike Penny, a local Tsugaru-shamisen artist will join this concert as well.
The Shumei Arts Council has long been dedicated to providing a musical venue for young people in the greater Los Angeles and Pasadena area. With the annual Clyde Montgomery Concerts, Shumei Hall becomes a showcase for exceptionally gifted young musicians. These groups are presented in a brilliant display of the nation’s newest and brightest talent, and organized by Karen Dreyfus, Director of the Chamber Music Department of USC Thornton School of Music.
Madame Hisami Wakayagi is founder of the Seiha Wakayagi School, “Hana no Kai”. She avidly promotes Japanese dance in Japan, Europe and the United States. In order to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Shumei Arts Council, Madame Wakayagi and her students will perform Kiyomoto “Kuramajishi” and Nagauta “Sagimusume.”
Kiyomoto is one school of “Jyoruri” and became dance music for a drama in Kabuki. Kiyomoto music was developed as popular dance music during the Edo period. Nagauta developed in the Edo period as accompaniment music for Kabuki.
event is supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena
Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs
Division, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission
and the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.
The Curious Art of Origami in 2014
Pasadena Arts & Science Festival: Curiosity will be held in the fall of 2014 and the Shumei Arts Council will participate in this city-wide art festival.
Origami is the Japanese word for “folded paper.” For over 1,000 years, the Japanese have been folding paper, first to create decorative gift wrappers and Shinto ceremonial objects and later as a playful and artistic pastime. The art form has spread far beyond the shores of Japan, and is now a worldwide phenomenon, appealing both to school children as a way to make toys and decorations and to adults as an artistic and intellectual hobby.