Friday, April 8, 2011

Tokyo String Quartet stars in Yale Music School benefit concert for Japan

The Yale School of Music and its longtime quartet-in-residence, the Tokyo String Quartet, will honor the one-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan with a special benefit concert at 8 p.m. on Monday in Battell Chapel, corner of College and Elm streets.

The Tokyo Quartet will be joined by violinist Syoko Aki and cellist Ole Akahoshi, among numerous other Yale performers. Said Kikeui Ikeda of the Tokyo String Quartet, “Japan has experienced many, many disasters, but this was by far the worst. And we wanted to send a message that Japan is going to be all right.”

Ticket prices are flexible, with a suggested donation of $20 / $10 for students. All proceeds from the concert will support the Red Cross, which has undertaken extensive relief efforts in Japan. The event is part of the Yale community’s ongoing response to the crisis in Japan. To find out about other activities planned as part of this effort, visit

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call 203 432-4158, or visit the Yale School of Music concert office in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Photo Credit: Pete Checchia

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