Concert for celebrating 400 years of Japan & Spain relations
beyond the seaMelodies for soprano and flute


 May 4 (Sunday), 2014 Door opening 13:30, Music start 14:00
"Sakura Pia hall” in Hatsukaichi Cultural Hall

Flute : Kanako Shuku
Soprano: Sonoko Yao
Piano : Ayumi Fukumasa
Sopreno: Ayu Yao

Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga (or "Francisco Felipe Faxicura", as he was baptized in Spain) (1571–1622) (Japanese: 支倉六右衛門常長, also spelled Faxecura Rocuyemon in period European sources, reflecting the contemporary pronunciation of Japanese)[1] was a Japanese samurai and retainer of Date Masamune, the daimyo of Sendai.

In the years 1613 through 1620, Hasekura headed a diplomatic mission to the Vatican in Rome, traveling through New Spain (arriving in Acapulco and departing from Veracruz) and visiting various ports-of-call in Europe. This historic mission is called the Keichō Embassy (慶長使節), and follows the Tenshō embassy (天正使節) of 1582.[2] On the return trip, Hasekura and his companions re-traced their route across Mexico in 1619, sailing from Acapulco for Manila, and then sailing north to Japan in 1620.[3] He is conventionally considered the first Japanese ambassador in the Americas and in Europe.[4]

Although Hasekura's embassy was cordially received in Europe, it happened at a time when Japan was moving toward the suppression of Christianity. European monarchs such as the King of Spain thus refused the trade agreements Hasekura had been seeking. Hasekura returned to Japan in 1620 and died of illness a year later, his embassy seemingly ending with few results in an increasingly isolationist Japan.

Japan's next embassy to Europe would only occur more than 200 years later, following two centuries of isolation, with the "First Japanese Embassy to Europe" in 1862. (From Wikipedia)


1. B. BartokEste a Szekelyeknel An Evening in the Village
2.   B. BartokHarom Csikmegyei Nepdal (Three Folksongs from Hungary )
3.   G. HandelAria fromMessiah 
4. G. Bizet (arranged by F. Borne)
Fantaisie Brillante on themes from Bizet's Carmen”

5. G. Puccini Vissi D'Arte from Opera “Tosca” 

6. H. Hayashi: “ Song of notice by the queen
”from Opera
The Forest Is Alive

Japanese pieces
1. T. Naria : Song of the Seashore Variation 
2. K.Hirai: Yurikago ((Rocking cradle) /Furusato-no(Hometown) 
3. K.Hirai:Furusato-no(Hometown)
4. T. Ohno:“Evening Primrose Variation
5. H. Kobayashi: “Karamastu” 
6. A. Okumura Pray to the moon

Spanish & Italian pieces
7. A. Scarlatti, Le Violette      
8. T. Giordani:“Caro mio ben 
9. J.Zafra:Mar de fondo
10. J.Zafra:Viva la Pepa
11. G. Caccini: “Ave Maria” 

 Thank you very much for everyone who is concerned with my concert in Hiroshima.
Kanako Shuku



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