Music From Japan
2002_[2002 Nishimura Avatara]

Festival 2002

Music From Japan Festival 2002 was marked by the organization’s first endeavor in Tennessee. The¬†gagaku group, Ensemble Harena, made its North American debut at the Middle Tennessee State University premiering Kikuko Massumoto’s “Divertimento.” ¬†This MFJ commission for the festival was also played in Washington, DC, New York City and Toronto. Festival New York featured composer Akira Nishimura, including a newly commissioned 90-minute piano work premiered by the virtuosic Aki Takahashi.