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Transylvania concert to feature renowned Japanese accordionist

accordionist Mihoko Goto
Featured guest performer Mihoko Goto

Transylvania University will welcome virtuoso classical accordionist Mihoko Goto to campus Wednesday for a Japanese-American Crossover concert.

Featuring a wide range of music — from classical to jazz crossover to traditional Japanese — the concert is at 7 p.m. in Carrick Theater and is free and open to the public.

“It’s a very eclectic program,” Transylvania music professor Larry Barnes said. “It’ll appeal to anyone.” Goto, along with two local accordionists in the Dischordions, will premiere a work Barnes wrote from the instruments: “Tribal Gathering and Astral Dance.”

While it may seem unusual in a classical music setting, a concert accordion is a sophisticated instrument that can make the sounds of a variety of instruments — such as flute and cello — even simultaneously. “It’s really quite beautiful,” Barnes said.

Transylvania music professor Larry Barnes

The program also will include three Rachmaninoff preludes and Barnes’ “Cloud Breathing” for oboe and piano, featuring EKU’s Dominique Bellon. Additionally, Barnes will perform music by Liz Story, an acclaimed, jazz-influenced pianist.

Also during the concert Goto will play some of her original works. She has performed across the globe and throughout her native country of Japan, where concert accordions are a big deal, Barnes said. Goto also has made national TV appearances in Japan and won numerous accolades, including the most popular audience award in the TEREM CROSSOVER International Music Competition.