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Charity Concert for Tohoku Youth Orchestra

• Four years after the Great Earthquake and Tsunami in Tohoku area,Japan, the Tohoku Youth Orchestra was reorganized with the effort of composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. The orchestra members, who had been evacuated to safer places, returned to the orchestra and made a fresh start.
• To support the Youth Orchestra, pianist Kanae Tsuruga, and clarinet solo player Kumiko Nowlan and her husband Scott organized a charity concert on November 7 at the Countryside Church in Palatine.

• Previously they brought the concert idea to the Asian Leadership Business Resource Council, and it agreed to support and make a donation on behalf of Northern Trust.
• The ticket sales along with a Northern Trust contribution provided for a $3,000 donation to the Tohoku Youth Orchestra.
• Kanae Tsuruga said, “Those young musicians overcame the great disaster, so we wanted to encourage them to keep their dreams and hope and wished their music would help other people in Tohoku to achieve total resurgence in the area.”

• At the concert, soprano soloist Kaori Williams joined Tsuruga and Nowlan, and the three musicians performed late pieces of Brahms, heavenly, beautiful “Shepherd on the Rock” by Schubert, Chopin’s “Grand Waltz”, Schumann’s “Traumerei” and more.