Concert Spotlights Japanese Koto

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The Japanese koto, a 13-string long zither that originated in China and was brought to Japan in the 8th century, will be spotlighted in a concert at Eastern Kentucky University on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Dr. Anne Prescott will perform “Rokudan no Shirabe,” the oldest known work for koto; “Nara no Shiki,” a contemporary piece in traditional style; “Wakamizu,” one of the earliest pieces to incorporate new playing techniques; a well-known European tune; and several other pieces. The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Kennamer Room of the Powell Building.

Prescott is director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Five Colleges Inc., based at Smith College in Massachusetts. She has been playing koto since she was a sophomore at Cornell College, and spent eight years in Japan studying and performing koto and shamisen, including one year as a Japanese Ministry of Education scholar at Tokyo University of the Arts.

The concert is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Chautauqua Lecture Series, the Department of Music, the Center for International Education, the Cultural Center, the Honors Program, and the UNICEF Club at Model Laboratory School.

For more information, contact Dr. Minh Nguyen at

Published on November 03, 2014

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