Originally published in Compass, September 4, 2014
Classical music duo to close Vanderkay Concert season
Yoko Reikano Kimura, right, and Hikaru Tamaki will perform at the season’s final Vanderkay Concert on September 6.
A young couple is making a return to Downeast Maine on Saturday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Hill Congregational Church, 22 Tenney Hill in Blue Hill. This is the final Vanderkay Concert for the season. The Vanderkay Concert Series benefits the church and its work on the peninsula.
New York-based soloist as well as koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura and concert cellist Hikaru Tamaki offer a unique fusion of sound that explores both traditional Japanese and Western classical music, commissioning new works and creating their own arrangements, according to a news release.
Each year they contract a new piece for their repertoire composed by Marty Regan. As well as New York City, their performances have been enthusiastically received in Tokyo, Kyoto, Boston, Chicago, Istanbul, Trinidad, and throughout the Midwestern States. In 2011, they were awarded the Janet Latz Professional Development Fellowship. They were invited to perform in Tekirdag and Istanbul, Turkey and Trinidad in 2014 with the support of the Japan Foundation.