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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
  • 86


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Japan America Society of Minnesota presents the world premiere of a new concert opera, The Boy Who Drew Cats, by award-winning composer Asako Hirabayashi, collaborating with award-winning visual artist Mayumi Amada.

Based on an ancient Japanese folktale, rewritten by Asako Hirabayashi, the story is about how children’s perceived shortcomings can end up being strengths, leading to success in their lives. Instead of a realistic stage set for the opera, Mayumi creates imaginary, spiritual, and abstract images on the stage to enhance the opera's message. Influenced by the spirit and ideologies of Buddhism, Mayumi draws upon the philosophy of Zen to give direction to the creation of her work.

Sunday, June 11th, 3pm

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

The ticket is not refundable, but is 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

Brian Arreola  (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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