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National Gallery of Art Cherry Blossom Music Festival

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National Gallery of Art Cherry Blossom Music Festival

Yoko Owada performs music by Takemitsu and other Japanese composers for flute, piano, and percussion on Friday, April 13, at the National Gallery of Art in honor of Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-And-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800).

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This spring, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC celebrates the centennial of the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a music festival and the exhibition Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-And-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800). The exhibit will be on view at the National Gallery of Art's West Building from March 30 through April 29, 2012. All programs are presented free of charge. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Exhibition – Colorful Realm

Colorful Realm of Living Beings (J. Dōshoku sai-e; c. 1757–1766)is a 30-scroll set of bird-and-flower paintings on silk and the centerpiece of the landmark exhibition Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800). Never before shown in its entirety outside of Japan, Colorful Realm of Living Beings provides a panoramic pictorial survey of flora and fauna, both mythical and actual, reflecting the highest standards of artistic and technical accomplishment in Japanese painting.

To evoke the work's original religious context, the National Gallery of Art will install it with Jakuchū's Śākyamuni Triptych (The Buddha Śākyamuni, Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī, and Bodhisattva Samantabhadra), which belongs to the Jōtenkaku Museum, Shōkokuji Monastery, Kyoto. In 1765 Jakuchū―who was active in Kyoto during the mid-Edo period―had donated Colorful Realm (then comprising 24 scrolls) and the triptych to Shōkokuji, where they were displayed in a large temple room during Buddhist rituals. Colorful Realm was donated to the Imperial Household in 1889; since then, it has been shown together with the triptych only once, in 2007 at the Jōtenkaku Museum, Shōkokuji.

National Gallery of Art Cherry Blossom Music Festival

  • Saturday, March 31, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
    Taikoza
    Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza, a performance group that began the renaissance of Taiko in Japan during the 1960s
    West Building Mall entrance

  • Sunday, April 1, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
    Anraku-Miyata Duo
    Mariko Anraku, principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    Mayumi Miyata, shō player
    Music to include Utsuroi for harp and shō by Hosokawa
    West Garden Court
    Special family-friendly performance at 11:30 a.m., East Building Auditorium

  • Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
    Ayano Ninomiya, violinist
    Winner of Astral Artistic Services' 2003 National Auditions
    Music by Takemitsu and other composers
    West Building Lecture Hall

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
    Jack String Quartet
    Blossoming by Toshio Hosokawa and String Quartet by Charles Ives
    East Building Auditorium

  • Friday, April 13, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
    Yoko Owada, flutist
    Music by Takemitsu and other Japanese composers for flute, piano, and percussion
    West Building Lecture Hall

  • Sunday, April 15, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
    Billy Fox and the Kitsune Ensemble
    Music to include Fox's Anagowa, a piece for Japanese flute and percussion
    East Building Auditorium
    Special family-friendly performance at 11:30 a.m., East Building Auditorium

  • Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
    Claire Huangci, pianist
    Winner of the grand prize at the 1999 World Piano Competition and the 2006 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
    Music by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and other composers
    West Building Lecture Hall

  • Sunday, April 22, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
    National Gallery Orchestra
    Chosei Komatsu, guest conductor
    Charles Wetherbee, violinist
    Music by Hisaishi, Noadira, and other composers
    West Garden Court

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:10 p.m.
    Piano Recital: Yoshikazu Nagai and Robert Henry
    Yoshikazu Nagai and Robert Henry shared first prize at the Washington International Piano Competition in 2002
    Music by Haydn, Scarlatti, Schubert, and other composers
    West Building Lecture Hall

  • Sunday, April 29, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
    Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo with Yu Kosuge, pianist
    Thierry Fischer, conductor
    Music by Mozart and Beethoven
    West Garden Court
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