Japanese Taiko Performers to Present Concert in Hattiesburg August 24

Japanese Taiko Performers to Present Concert in Hattiesburg August 24

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS) will host the taiko (Japanese drum) performance ensemble Shirohato Taiko from Sumida, Tokyo for a series of performances in Mississippi August 20-26. Included on their schedule is a concert in Hattiesburg at The University of Southern Mississippi's Mannoni Performing Arts Center Monday, August 24 at 8 p.m. with general admission $5 at the door the day of the show and free for USM students.

Throughout history, taiko has been used to communicate between troops during warfare, and also to motivate the troops before battle. To this day they are still used frequently in Kabuki and Noh plays, religious ceremonies, and for festivals and concerts. Powerful and expressive, the taiko performance (kumi-daiko) makes for a most exhilarating musical performance, and is best when a large ensemble is performing.  Fifteen members of the 40-plus member ensemble will be making their first trip ever to the United States.

Contributing sponsors for these shows include Nissan North America; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi; Yokohama Tire Manufacturing. Mississippi, LLC; Greater Starkville Development Partnership; BancorpSouth; Renasant Bank; Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal; WTVA; the City of Tupelo; Lee County; Auto Parts Manufacturing MS, Inc.; Blue Springs Metals; Magnolia Automotive Services LLC; Green Metals, Inc.; Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.; Diversity-Vuteq, LLC; Community Development Foundation; Northeast MS Medical Center; BankPlus; and Butler-Snow.

For more information, contact the Southern Miss School of Music at 601.266.5543.