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Nexus: Music at the Crossroads of East and West

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760 - 1849)
South Wind, Clear Dawn (Red Fuji) from the series Thirty-six Views of Fuji, ca. 1831 - 33. Color woodblock print, 10 x 15 inches. Image courtesy of Gibbes Museum of Art

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760 - 1849) South Wind, Clear Dawn (Red Fuji) from the series Thirty-six Views of Fuji, ca. 1831 - 33. Color woodblock print, 10 x 15 inches. Image courtesy of Gibbes Museum of Art

Join us for this stunning chamber music performance in collaboration with New Muse Concerts inspired by Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection.

In a nexus of music, art, and poetry, these four composers exchange ideas and influences across cultures, mediums, eras, and geography. Rudolf Dittrich invokes Utagawa Hiroshige’s woodblock prints in his setting of Japanese folksongs for solo piano; Tōru Takemitsu takes his inspiration from poetry, creating a world of sound informed by the great impressionist composers; Somei Satoh finds a free, flowing lyricism that suspends time; Claude Debussy draws on traditional, modal scales to craft an evocative, sensual sonata that lives somewhere between East and West.

To allow for a safe experience for our guests, we’re offering two performances, both with limited seating.

Join us for a Saturday, July 10 | 5PM or a Sunday, July 11 | 3PM and enjoy this nexus of music, art, and poetry.

Saturday SOLD OUT

Register HERE for Sunday

$30 Members | $40 Non-Members

*3% credit card fee will apply

This project was funded in part by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.