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Harukaze 2023 "The Boy Who Drew Cats" by Asako Hirabayashi (in-person)

  • 2023-06-11
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • 1531 Hewitt Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104
  • 95


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Japan America Society of Minnesota presents, world premiere of concert Opera The Boy Who Drew Cats by Award winning international composer Asako Hirabayashi, collaborating with award winning international visual artist, Mayumi Amada.

Based on the ancient Japanese folktale, rewritten by Asako Hirabayashi, the story is about childrens shortcoming can be a power and strength for their success in their lives. Instead of realistic stage set for the opera, Mayumi creates imaginary, spiritual and abstract image on the stage to enhance the message of this opera. Influenced by the spirit and ideologies of Buddhism, Mayumi draws upon the philosophy of Zen to give direction to the creation of her work.

6/11/2023, 3pm

Tickets $15 (Non member), $10 (Member)

The ticket is not refundable, but transferable.

Sundin Music Hall (Hamline University,1531 Hewitt Ave, St Paul, MN 55104)

** Sundin Music Hall is Accessible for All  

Story, Libretto, Music by Asako Hirabayashi
Stage Design by Mayumi Amada

Arreola, Brian (Leading Tenor)

Kelvin Chan (Leading Baritone)

Timothy P. Faatz (Tenor)
Sullivan Ojala Helmbolt (Baritone)
Justin Staebell (Bass)
Momoko Tanno (Narrator) 
Daria Adams (Violin)
Mira Frisch (Cello)
Ivan Konev (Piano)
Max Kuzmyak (Videographer)

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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