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Fujisan Kaen Daiko

What: Taiko drummers from Fujiyoshida, Japan
When: Tuesday - August 7, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: CN 1.112
Who: Monique Wedderburn
Link: Comet Calendar Link

Fujisan Kaen Daiko, a group of taiko drummers from Fujiyoshida, Japan, will visit North Texas for one performance on August 7. The group includes Machiko Kanda, who travels from Japan every year to help with our Mochitsuki New Year's Celebration.

The group was founded in 1985 to develop a new style of taiko music inspired by the beautiful nature of nearby Mount Fuji and its surroundings. There are about 30 members, including school students and adults. The trip to Dallas follows a Sister Cities celebration in Colorado Springs.

Presented by Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and UT Dallas Asia Center.

In cooperation with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Kiyari Daiko, and the UT Dallas Japanese Student Association.

Opening of the Asia Center

When: Friday - August 10, 2012

Japan-American Grassroots Summit

When: Thursday - August 30, 2012
The Japan-America Grassroots Summit is an annual gathering of Japanese and American citizens, held alternately in Japan and the United States. Each year an average of 200 people travel across the Pacific to take part. The Summit aims to strengthen the peaceful relationship between the two countries by fostering friendships at the grassroots level.

The 2012 Grassroots Summit will take place in North Texas, where we look forward to welcoming people of all ages from all parts of Japan. Opening in Fort Worth and closing in Dallas, the week-long Summit will span the scope of Texas's cowboy heritage and cultural achievements. Communities across North Texas will open their homes and hearts to Japanese visitors for a three-night local homestay program. We hope this grassroots exchange will enrich many lives and lead to lasting friendships between the people of Japan and North Texas.

Xuefei Yang

What: Xuefei (Fei) Yang celebrates the founding of the UT Dallas Asia Center
When: Friday - September 28, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: CN 1.112
Who: Arts and Performance Office - 972-UTD-ARTS
Link: Comet Calendar Link

Internationally acclaimed guitarist, Xuefei (Fei) Yang comes to the university to celebrate the founding of the UT Dallas Asia Center. She was the first Chinese student awarded a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. The New York Times praised her "feisty virtuosity, impeccable technique and sensitive musicianship." Fei has given concerts throughout Asia, Europe and North America. She has performed with the Barcelona Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, China National Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. Fei has collaborated with other musicians and artists, such as cellist Jian Wang, the Elias String Quartet and tenor Ian Bostridge. This concert is cosponsored by the School of Arts & Humanities, the UT Dallas Asia Center, the Confucius Institute, and the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art.