Harukaze: the World Premiere of Yukionna Welcomes a Sold-Out House
The world premiere of Asako Hirabayashi’s Yukionna took place at JASM’s annual spring event, Harukaze, on Sunday, May 31st, 2015. Attendance exceeded expectations with the event packing Hamline University’s Sundin Music Hall to full capacity! Every seat was filled—even standing-room only attendees enjoyed the show. With minimal costumes and stage décor, the performers utilized their immense musical talent to paint vivid pictures of the heartbreaking love story of Oyuki (Momoko Tanno) and Mosaku (Shahzore Shah).
Audience members were riveted as they took in the story of Yukionna—only able to tear their gaze away from the performers to dry their tearful eyes due to the emotive performance. Recalling the event, the haunting and beautiful sounds of the final act, Sayonara (Farewell), still ring in their ears. The performance was truly outstanding and absolutely unforgettable.
When the final notes resonated throughout the auditorium, the show ended with a standing ovation—praise well deserved for all of the artists’ hard work. As guests filed out of the auditorium, they gushed with praise at this outstanding multicultural performance. One commented, “I have never seen an opera like this before…it was extremely unique...and the music was incredible!” Another attendee wrote to express his gratitude: “The score was complex, exciting, interesting, and beautifully performed! All in all...a treat to the ears, mind, and soul!” Thank you to Asako Hirabayashi for creating this fine work of art, to the talented musicians for sharing their gifts with us, to all of our sponsors for making this event possible, to Tomoko Drake and friends for providing the delicious tea and cakes for the reception, and to the attendees for sharing this unforgettable moment with us. JASM was truly thankful to host this program. We hope to see you in 2016!
June/2015 JASM news letter