Batavia, NY- Did you know a significant number of Genesee Community College students are from other countries? Each year, GCC welcomes quite a few students from Japan. This semester, the college is offering a chance for people to Experience Japan through language lessons, a Japanese performance group, and some of the international students themselves.
Beginning September 26, 2013 and continuing Thursday evenings through October 24, 2013, Erin Karnatz will offer five Introductory Japanese Lessons from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room B360. The class is limited to 20 students. To register, contact Michelle Forster at (585) 343-0055 x 6312. If you miss out this fall, watch for information about another session in the spring.
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 the percussive sounds of Taikoza will fill the GCC Forum at 12:30 p.m. Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza, which first introduced the world to Taiko. Roughly translated, taiko means big drums. The Taiko is a large (about 100 lbs.) barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sound of rolling thunder. Taikoza uses many drums of different sizes, as well as the bamboo flutes shakuhachi and the fue, to create powerful rhythms and electrifying energy that delights audiences of all ages.
Taikoza has performed extensively in North America as well as in Europe and Asia. They’ve taken the stage at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and Osaka Festival Hall. Taikoza plays traditional and new compositions in a show both musically and visually appealing. Performers wear colorful, traditional costumes. The performance is free and open to the public. Groups of 12 or more are asked to register in advance by calling Michelle Forster at (585) 343-0055 x 6312.
In November, GCC International students will present a lecture along with GCC video director Barry Chow who recently visited Japan. The date, time, and location of the lecture will be announced in the near future.
All of these activities are being coordinated by the GCC Global Education Committee and the Student Government Association (SGA). For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: email@example.com.
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Photographs of Taikoza are available here: