Upcoming Events


2013 - 2014 Season

Clyde Montgomery Concert

The 15th anniversary celebration of

the Shumei Arts Council

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Shumei Hall, Pasadena (MAP)
Free Admission

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.

This event consists of two parts. The first part features selected excellent young musicians from USC Thornton School of Music. The program includes "Beethoven String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3, Handel-Halvorsen Duo for violin & cello and also a world premiere, "Heart Logic" by Stephen Cohn, an Emmy Award-winning composer.

Ga Hyun Cho, one of the musicians for this concert, came to international prominence upon winning First Prize and Audience Prize in the Max Rostal International Violin Competition in 2012. She is currently enrolled in the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the USC's Thornton Shool of Music as a String Foundation Scholarship recipient, under the tuteolage of Midori Goto, a world renowned violinist and distinguished professor of USC.

This program is organized by Karen Dreyfus, Director of the Chamber Music Department of USC Thornton School of Music.


In the second half of the concert, the Shumei Arts Council presents two Japanese traditional dances, Kiyomoto "Kurama-jishi" and Nagauta "Sagi-musume." These dances will be performed by Madame Hiami Wakayagi and her disciples.

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.

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.

This 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.


Supported by



Computer graphics by Susan Dobay

Shumei Hall Gallery (MAP)
April 6, 2014 - May 10, 2014

Monday - Saturday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm


In the 1960’s, Susan Dobay was inspired to paint while listening to music, mostly operatic works. Forty years have passed and technology has developed into a tremendous power. The computer can be used to help us evolve to a higher level of awareness. With the help of technology, she takes these paintings which she created forty years ago, and transforms them to another vibrant level.

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.




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.


Other Information about the Shumei Arts Council