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CLASSICAL | "Asia in Meditation" 

The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester's season-long trip around the world continues this Sunday with a stop in "The Meditative East." The program contains unusual pieces by a wide selection of past and present Chinese and Japanese composers, including Chen Yi, Toru Takemitsu, and Yoshinao Nakada, The general tone should be meditative, spare, and quiet, although Fritz Kreisler's violin showpiece, "Tambourin Chinois," will be thrown in for a campy touch. Society directors Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr have invited guest artists Jun Iwasaki (pictured), concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and pianist-composer Daniel Pesca, along with RPO musicians Rebecca Gilbert, flute, and Lars Kirvan, cello. Your own meditative faculties may be enhanced, not only by the music, but also by the sake sampling to be offered during intermission.

Society for Chamber Music in Rochester will present "Asia in Meditation" on Sunday, April 17, at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 North Plymouth Avenue. 3 p.m. $30; free for students with ID.


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