Peace Arch State Park offers free Asian concert series
By Jack Kintner
The first of four Asian concerts at Peace Arch State Park begins this Sunday, August 10, at 2 p.m. with a performance by the Hu‘óng Viêt performing arts group.
The musicians and dancers are from the Everett and north King County area, and are billed as the Northwest’s leading ensemble of traditional Vietnamese music and dance. The group was founded and is directed by Viêt Hai of Everett and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Vietnam (huong_viet.tripod.com).
The Sunday afternoon concerts continue each week through August. On the 17th the renowned sitar master Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee, of Kolkata, India, will perform classical Indian ragas accompanied by Sunny Matharu of Vancouver on the tabla.
Chatterjee is one of the leading classical sitarists in the world, having studied under the great master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
On August 24 the Seattle-area Filipiniana Dance Company will perform music and dance of the Philippines.
Their repertoire reflects the many cultures of that island nation, from the mountain tribes of the inland north, to the Spanish-influenced cultures of the coastal cities, to the Muslim cultures of the southern islands. The group is led by Roger Del Rosario.
The last concert of the series on August 31 features the music and dance ensemble of the Morning Star Korean Cultural Center of Lynnwood, Washington. The group was started 23 years ago by Jiyeon Cheh to teach Korean dance, music and culture to children of Korean descent.
More information can be found at www.morningstarkcc.org/jiyeon.html.