Spreading Community Through Music
This Sunday, November 27th, the Tanner Community Ensemble holds its annual fall concert. Founded in 2001, the community ensemble hosted at Yokohama International School is dedicated to high quality classical and popular musical performances. In addition to YIS students, it welcomes members of the wider community of all ages. Says Aki Gifford Shimizu, a professionally trained pianist, parent of YIS alumna, and the musical director of the ensemble since its inception, "we want to show the community that when you have a group of different races, languages, ages and varying musical ability playing together, what we are saying is that these differences do not matter."
Sunday's concert starts at 2:00 pm (doors open at 1:30pm), with an eclectic program mixing the classics and contemporary music. Over 40 YIS students and 20 community members and musical teachers will present a program featuring works ranging from "Hey Jude" by the Beatles to Strauss's "Pizzicato-Polka." The show opens with Handel's "Messiah Sinfonia" and closes the afternoon with Saint Saens's Dance Bacchanale, from "Saimon et Dalila." The YIS Elementary Ensemble will also be performing. Enjoy a range of music from "Beethoven Boogie" to the Mary Poppins' classic, "Chim Chim Cheree" and support our youngest musicians.
The Tanner Community Ensemble takes its name from former YIS headmaster John Tanner. As Dennis Stanworth, head of academics explains, "John Tanner was passionate about extending the co-curricular activities across the school for the balanced learning of our students. At the time there were no sport facilities at YIS, so John focused on the arts and music; it's the reason why the auditorium is dedicated to him, and why the Tanner Ensemble is a fitting recognition to his efforts to expand student learning into artistic realms and out into the community."