With Thanksgiving weekend (and the hopes of eating right) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season itself. Whether youâ€™re hosting guests from out of town or looking to squeeze in an event or two in between parties, weâ€™ve got you covered.
This monthâ€™s highlights include:
Now through Saturday, Dec. 21
David Zwirner Gallery, 525 West 19th Street
In case you missed last yearâ€™sÂ retrospectiveat the Whitney featuring the artistâ€™s mega-buzzed aboutÂ Fireflies on the Water, this current exhibition byÂ Yayoi KusamaÂ features 27 new large-scale paintings andÂ The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, a new mirrored infinity room made especially for this exhibition and the United States debut of another infinity room, which was recently on view in Tokyo at the Mori Art Museum. Also exhibited is the artistâ€™s video installation, entitledÂ Manhattan Suicide Addict, that draws its title from her first semi-autobiographical novel published in 1978.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 8:00 p.m.
Klavierhaus Recital Hall, 211 West 58th Street
As part of its third annual festival entitledÂ Timbre Tantrum,Â Composers Concordance(â€œEnterprising new music organizationâ€ –New York Times) presents this all-piano production featuringÂ Taka KigawaÂ (“Extraordinary pianist” –New York Times),Â Inna FaliksÂ (“Signature blend of grace and raw power” –Lucid Culture) andÂ Carlton HolmesÂ (“Inventive” –Jazziz). Each pianist will present a 20-minute solo set of their own contemporary repertoire, including music by Shchedrin, Zhurbin, Ellington, Palkowski, Monk, and Alexander. The grand finale serves up a triple-piano suite composed by Dan Cooper, Sean Hickey, Debra Kaye, Milica Paranosic, and Gene Pritsker performed on Klavierhaus’ antique instruments, including a 19th century Pleyel.The concert will be followed by a brief reception.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 8:00 p.m.
Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street
A violinist since the age of four, contemporary classical and crossover musician Taro Hakase returns to New York as part of his first-ever world tour. EntitledÂ JAPONISMÂ after his latest album, Hakaseâ€™s pop-infused compositions and charismatic showmanship are known to get fans dancing at his concerts. First brought to international attention following a collaboration soundtrack and a concert tour with Celine Dion in 1996, Hakase has performed before over two million people and has sold more than six million albums in Japan alone. Along with his eight piece band, Hakase brings his tour to one of New Yorkâ€™s most celebrated stages.
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