MINNEAPOLIS (May 1, 2015) — Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) Harukaze group presents “Yukionna”, a world premiere opera concert performance on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 3 p.m., in Sundin Music Hall of Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Ave, St. Paul, Minn.
Award-winning composer Asako Hirabayashi re-imagines the ancient Japanese folktale of the Snow Witch, Yukionna — A story of a love torn between human desire and the brutal instincts of Mother Nature. Join JASM for this spectacular premiere, with libretto by writer/actor Steven Epp, featuring performances by breathtaking soprano Momoko Tanno and some of the Twin Cities’ finest chamber musicians conducted by Andrew Altenbach.
General admission is $20, JASM members, $15, students: $10, and children (18 and Under) $5.
This program is hosted by the Japan America Society of Minnesota and funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative, the Metropolitan Reginal Arts Council, Naigai Industries U.S.A., Inc., 3M Company, and individual donors.
Asako Hirabayashi is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.