Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 7:00p -
Arlington Street Church - Universalist Unitarian
Boston, MA 02116
Date Idea, Music, Performing Arts
Balcony Series presents, うた: Japanese Song Night. Enjoy select songs from traditional and modern Japan as sung by Taka Komagata and Hana Omori with pianist, Rui Urayama.
Experience, the premiere of “Red Dragonfly in the Boston Sky” an arrangement of "Amazing Grace" with "Aka Tombo", an arrangement by Urayama.
Tenor Taka Komagata brightens classical music internationally with his sincere vocal style. His colorful voice and genuine expressions bring new life to his repertoire. He recently made his European debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi conducted by Gregory Buchalter from the Metropolitan Opera in Varna, Bulgaria. This coming spring, he will perform the role of Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro) with Vox New England. Recent selected engagements include Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), King Kasper (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Baron Zsupán (Countess Maritza), the title role in Der Zwerg, and the leading male role of Charles in The Finishing School.
Mr. Komagata is the co-founder of Balcony Series, an artistic troupe delivering timeless classical compositions to unsuspecting listeners through impromptu performances. The series builds spontaneous bridges between everyday life and the experience of classical music by catering to audiences who would otherwise not seek out the genre.
Hana Omori, soprano, born in New York, grow up in Kobe Japan, made the move from Japan to Boston to pursue her artistic dreams 3 years ago. Having received a masters degree in vocal performance from Kyoto City University of Art and studied at graduate performance diploma in Opera at Longy school of Music where she studies with Robert Honeysucker and Donna Roll. Recent credits include Cendrillon (Spirits, Cendrillon cover) Don Carlo (Celestial Voice, Tebaldo), Carmen (Frasquita, cover) with Connecticut Lyric Opera, Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra) with Connecticut Virtuoso Summer Opera Institute, Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Antonia) with Longy School of Music, La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia) with Promenade Opera Project, Carmen (Micaëla/Frasquita) with Shunzyuza Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Berta) with Syunzyuza Opera, L’elisir d’amor (Adina) with Kyoto University of Art, Beethoven's Symphony No.9 Soprano Soloist with KiraKira Boshi Symphony Orchestra. Tanglewood Festival Chorus singer. Visit her at https://hanaomorisop.wixsite.com/hanaomori
Japanese pianist Rui Urayama's gifts were recognized at an early age, winning the Silver medal in the Chopin Competition in Japan at the age of 12. By the age of 18, she had already won prizes at many of the main competitions, with some of her performances being broadcast on radio and TV. She has played in many countries include Italy, Austria, Poland, and France, etc. In 2011, she moved to America to study at the Boston Conservatory where she earned her Master's of Music and Artist Diploma on a full scholarship. Currently, she is a staff accompanist at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, also she is a faculty member of the Key Notes School of Music and Coolidge Corner After School Music Program. As her new project, she composes piano solo arrangements of the World’s folk songs and children songs. Her first album will be released this spring.