Left Coast Chamber Ensemble To Open 2019-20 Season With Japanese Micro-Opera

By David Salazar

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble has announced its 2019-20 season opener, “Changing and Unchanging Things” will take place on Oct. 5 and 6 in San Francisco and Berkeley, California, respectively.

The concert aims to explore and celebrate Japanese culture and will feature the world premiere“Sharaku Unframed,” a micro opera by Hiroya Miura, which explores the mysteries surrounding 18th century Japanese artist Toshusai Sharaku. Soprano Nikki Einfeld and baritone Daniel Cilli will perform on the concert.

“Miura is a remarkable musician – extremely open and expressive, and interested in all forms of music making. His new micro-opera reflects the range of his significant gift,” said Kurt Rohde, LCCE Artistic Advisor in a press release. “Since Hiroya is from Japan, and his topic (the woodblock artist Sharaku) comes from Japanese culture, it seemed that a program built upon the impact of Asian and Southeast Asian music was the obvious place to build the rest of the program.”

Also on the concert will be works by Debussy, Dai Fujikura, and Karen Tanaka, whose “Wind Whisperer” will get its world premiere.