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Celebrity Concert Series presents Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble

November 15, 2006

Source: McMaster University

The Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble will fill Convocation Hall with their rhythmic beats on Friday, Nov. 17. Their passionate, yet disciplined performance style of taiko drumming blends athleticism with artistry.

Though the ensemble draws on the folk drumming traditions of Japan, the group seeks to push the art form in new, invigorated directions. In addition to taiko drums, the group also performs on bamboo flutes, gongs, cymbals, shakers, wood blocks, and the three-stringed shamisen.

Directed by Kiyoshi Nagata, one of Canada's leading taiko soloists, the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble has been performing since 1998, and touring throughout Canada, the US, and Italy.

The Toronto-based group is the only ensemble outside of Japan to hold the sponsorship of four major Japanese drum manufacturers. They have appeared on CBC Television and Radio programs and have recorded four albums of original music.

Wrapped in ivy, spacious, and acoustically warm, McMaster Universitys Convocation Hall is once again the setting for the star-studded Celebrity Concert Series, a Hamilton tradition since 1972.

This year's series of eight concerts of unforgettable music offers delights for every taste.

All performances in the Celebrity Concert Series start at 8 p.m. on Friday evenings in Convocation Hall (University Hall, Room 213).

Tickets cost $17 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. Subscribers enjoy substantial savings.

The Celebrity Concert Series is presented by the McMaster University School of the Arts, which also presents a nine-concert Free Lunchtime Concert Series on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., and some 10 Ensemble Concerts annually by the McMaster Chamber Orchestra, McMaster Concert Band, McMaster University Choir and McMaster University Jazz Band.

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