2010-04-28 / News

Takasawa to play May 9 community piano concert

Manabu Takasawa, internationally known pianist and music scholar, returns to Jamestown on Sunday, May 9, for the final concert of the Jamestown Community Piano Association’s 2009- 2010 season. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Narragansett Avenue.

Dr. Takasawa’s program will open with three pieces by Gabriel FaurĂ©: Theme and Variations; Nocturne No.4 in E-flat major, Op.36; and Impromptu in A-flat major, Op.34. The second half features pieces selected from requests by attendees at earlier JCPA concerts.

Dr. Takasawa is associate professor of music and co-director of music graduate studies at the University of Rhode Island. He coordinates the URI Piano Extravaganza! festival and competition, which he organized in 2004.

Manabu Takasawa has charmed Jamestown audiences at earlier Community Piano concerts. Born in Niigata, Japan, he came to the U.S. to further his musical training. He made his solo recital debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1992. He has since performed in many countries from Taiwan to Poland to Belize.

His interest in communicating with students through music has led him to performances in elementary and secondary schools in the Rhode Island area, and in schools as faraway as Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. His doctoral dissertation focused on the American musician and educator, Abram Chasins.

The Jamestown Community Piano Association is an organization whose purpose is to maintain the piano for use by the community and to present concerts that feature the piano. The concerts are free. Donations for piano maintenance and performance support are appreciated.

Call 423-0515 for more information.

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