The 7th Annual Benefit Concert by fiw10869


									   The Japanese Americans’ Care Fund

The 7th Annual Benefit Concert
An Evening of Two Pianos in Celebration of the 250th
         Anniversary of the Birth of Mozart
           Maria Pia Fazio De Carlo
               Ryoko Tajika Drei

         Sunday, May 21, 2006, 7:00PM

   The Lyceum Alexandria’s History Museum
      201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                    (1756 – 1791)

Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448
- Allegro con spirito
- Andante
- Allegro molto

Frederick Chopin           (1810 – 1849)

Rondo in C Major for Two Pianos, Op.73

                             – Intermission –

Sergei Rachmaninov              (1873 – 1943)

Fantasie Tableaux for Two Pianos :
- Gondola Song
- Night…Love
- Tears
- Easter

Manuel Infante          (1883 – 1958)

Danses Andalouses :
- Ritmo
- Sentimiento
- Gracia
Ryoko Tajika-Drei
Ryoko obtained her piano diploma in 1992 from The Kunitachi College of
Music in Tokyo and continued her studies under Akiko Kusano and Henriette
Puig-Roget. In 1993 she moved to Italy where she completed a master degree
at The National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome graduating in 1995 under
Sergio Perticaroli. She attended master classes at Salzburg’s Universitat
Mozarteum under Perticaroli, Jasinsky, and Kontarsky in addition to her
courses at The Liszt National Academy in Budapest. In 1996, Ryoko attended
The Chigiana Musical Academy in Siena, Italy graduating under Joaquin
Achucarro. From 1998, she continued her studies specializing in the virtuoso
and romantic repertoires with Roberto Cappello.

Since her debut Ryoko has won a collection of prizes, awards and other

The most important are a Special Prize in The Schubert International Piano
Competition offered by Japan’s Association of Musical Education in 1989,
and First Prize in piano at the International Competition for Soloists offered
by the Association of Young Musicians of Japan in 1990. In 1994, she won
first prize in The "Tersicore" International Music Competition in Chieti, Italy
and in 2002 "Premio D'onore" in The Torneo Internazionale della Musica in
Rome, Italy.

Ryoko has performed in numerous concerts in Japan, Italy, Argentina, Austria,
South Africa, and Germany. In 1997 she played with The Natal Philharmonic
Orchestra in Durban, South Africa. She performed at the Beethoven-saal in
Bonn for Thabo-Mbeki, then Vice President of The Republic of South Africa.

Ryoko has been teaching piano since 1988 and has recorded several live CDs.

In June 2002, she moved to Washington D.C. Since 2003 she has been
performing in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Her appearances
include a concert at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The
National Gallery and an unusual presentation at the American Film Institute of
Barilla Pradella's futuristic music. In addition she has made two recordings for
N.H.K, the Japanese National Broadcasting Corporation. She has also
performed two-piano and four-hand repertoires with Maria Pia Fazio DeCarlo.
                           ❖S. Rachmaninov❖
The following are translation of the poems which appear at the head of each

No 1 Gondola Song
O cool evening wave
Lap gently under the oars of the gondola
… that song again! and again the sound of the guitar!
… in the distance, now melancholy, now happy,
Was heard the sound of the old barcarolle:
‘The gondola glides through the water,
And time flies through love;
The waters become smooth again
And passion will rise no more.’
No. 2 Night … Love
It is the hour when from the boughs
The nightingale’s high note is heard;
It is the hour when lovers’ vows
Seem sweet in every whisper’d word;
And gentle winds, and waters near,
Make music to the lonely ear.
No. 3 Tears
Human tears, O human tears!
You flow both early and late –
You flow unknown, you flow unseen
Inexhaustible, innumerable, –
You flow like torrents of rain
In the depths of an autumn night.
No. 4 Easter
The mighty peal rang out over the earth,
And all the air, moaning, shuddered and groaned.
Melodious, silver thunderings
Told the news of the holy triumph.
                      ❖About the Artists❖

Maria Pia Fazio De Carlo
After obtaining her piano diploma from the Conservatory of Music of
Bologna (Italy), Maria Pia Fazio De Carlo completed Master classes at the
Conservatory of Parma. She attended the Chigiana Musical Academy in Siena
(Italy) graduating under Maestro Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Maestro
Guido Agosti. While living in Italy she won the contest for piano teacher at
the Conservatory of Music of Modena (Italy), where she taught from 1968 to
1974. During this time her performance included orchestral concerts with the
Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna. She also played two-piano concerts in
Modena, Forli ' and Bologna and several other Italian cities.

From 1974 to 1986, during her stay in Germany, she performed solo recitals at
the Augustinum Theater and in the Stadthalle in Bonn, which at the time was
the capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany.

After moving to Washington DC (United States) she performed two-piano
concerts and four hands repertoires with Ryoko Tajika-Drei.
                    ❖Special Thanks to…❖
               YAMAHA Artist Services, New York

     The World Bank Community Connections Program

           The Japanese Americans’ Care Fund
is a non-profit, volunteer organization which provides assistance and services
for Japanese and Japanese-Americans in the Washington metropolitan area.
The Care Fund is supported by the Embassy of Japan, the Japan Commerce
Association of Washington, D.C., the World Bank, many private firms and
individuals in the area.

       Membership is free with no obligation. Volunteers are welcome!
            Please join us to make a better community for all.

Fred M. Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road
#B-1, Annandale, Virginia 22003-2403
Tel: (703)256-5223
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      No audio/video recording of this concert is permitted.

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