posted on July 19, 2010
The Clarke College Arts at Clarke Series will host a performance by the Little Singers of Tokyo on Sunday, July 25, at 3 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. A free-will offering will be accepted.
Founded in 1951, the Little Singers of Tokyo is a world renowned ensemble children’s choir that has performed across the globe. The ensemble toured the United States 26 times between 1964 and 2000, including performances at the famed Carnegie Hall and on the Ed Sullivan Show. A previous winner in the children’s choir division of the International Chorus Competition, the choir sings a varied repertoire that spans from Gregorian chant to contemporary works.
The performance also means a homecoming of sorts for Hisae Hasegawa, who graduated in 1978. Hisae is now the music director for the ensemble and her sister, Saeko Hasegawa, a 1968 Clarke graduate, is the artistic director. Each is working to continue the Little Singers’ legacy that was started by their father and founding conductor Shinichi Hasegawa. Shinichi founded the ensemble in 1951 with the late Father Paul Annuih to introduce Renaissance music to Japanese children.
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