ST. PAUL — As part of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Series, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans presents “Asian American Music in the Park” featuring the traditional musical talents of Japanese flautist Ryusuke Jono and Cambodian traditional orchestra Light From Heaven.
The concert will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the band shell in Mears Park, downtown St. Paul. This event is free and appropriate for all ages.
Japanese-American flautist, Ryusuke Jono, studied the flute while growing up in Tokyo, Japan and later pursued further studies at the U of M. He has performed classical styled flute music at many community events, recitals, weddings, and nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He most recently lent his talents to the Tsunami Fundraising for Red Cross, Delta Airlines, Japan
America Society of Minnesota, and St. Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee. When not playing the flute, Ryusuke is a chef at a Japanese restaurant where he continues to present his passion and skills in the field of culinary arts.
The Light From Heaven Traditional Cambodian Ensemble was started by Cambodian master musician Bun Loeung in the mid 1980’s. Since his death in 2007, the ensemble has continued as a community orchestra comprised of Bun Loeung’s co-performers and their students.
The ensemble plays frequently in many venues, including outdoor festivals, community fundraisers, senior homes and schools. To learn more about Light From Heaven please visit www.lightfromheaven.org.
The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) was created by the Minnesota State Legislature in 1985 pursuant to Minnesota Statute 3.9226, subdivision 1, to advise the governor and members of the legislature on issues pertaining to Asian Pacific Minnesotans; to advocate on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific community; and to act as a broker between the Asian Pacific community and mainstream society.