CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico, Community to Hold Benefit Concert for Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief

Date: 04-22-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Yoshio Kusaba
Professor Emeritus, History of Art

California State University, Chico faculty, students and members from the local community will present Concert for the Japanese Earthquake Relief Effort, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall.

All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross.

The program will consist of a wide spectrum of music, including classical, jazz, folk and traditional Japanese.

The concert serves as the culminating event of Chico Japan Friendship Club's month-long effort to raise funds for Japan relief. American Red Cross of Northeastern California representative Martha Griese will be present to receive a check for the grand total raised (expected to be around $10,000) at the conclusion of the concert.

In addition to the concert, a silent auction will be held featuring two Japanese woodblock prints donated by the James Snidle Gallery. These prints will be awarded to the two highest bidders and presented at the conclusion of the concert.

Featured Chico State performers include Department of Music faculty member Rocky Winslow (jazz trumpet); Department of Music professor emeritus Robert Bowman, (piano); and Nutrition Department professor Keiko Goto (piano and clarinet).

CSU, Chico student performers include Shigemi Minetaka (piano and flute); Robert Delgardo (drum set); John Hale, (baritone); Danielle Silveira (mezzo-soprano); the duo of Megumi Ito and Christine Snyder (piano); and Naoko Terakado (piano).

Community members participating in the concert — John Michael Sun and Susan Dobra (folk singers/guitarists); Isabella Reynolds (high school pianist from Chico); Michael Eby (18-year-old violinist from Redding); and Diego Bustamante (11-year-old pianist from Paradise) — will perform works by Bach, Gershwin, Faure, Liszt, Gardel, Chopin, Tschaikowsky, Johann Strauss II and others.

CSU, Chico student pianists Chiara Brown, Naoko Terakado and Megumi Ito, and vocalist Ayaka Hirahara, will perform traditional Japanese works.

Advance tickets, at $20 general, $10 students/seniors over 60 and $5 children under 10 years-old, are available at the University Box Office, 898-6333.

Additional donations to the American Red Cross for the Japanese Earthquake Relief will be gratefully accepted at the door. Check, cash, Visa and Mastercard accepted.

The Chico Japan Friendship Club is an organization that facilitates friendship between people in Chico and Japan. Since the tragic March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the club has expanded and dedicated itself to raising funds to aid the people affected by the disasters. More information about the group and a calendar of upcoming events is available online at www.ChicoJapan.org.