Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble Performs Traditional Japanese Music and Dance

“Treasures of Japan: Gagaku and Bugaku Classical Music and Dance” will be presented by the Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble from Chiba Province  on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium.

The performance highlights a tradition of music and dance that has remained unchanged since the sixth century.

The Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble has a mission to educate and raise the level of aesthetic sensibilities of young people in Japan and to promote Japanese culture abroad. The ensemble has performed throughout the U.S., including Washington, D.C. and the Boston’s Symphony Hall, as well as in Europe, Japan, Australia and India.

Tickets are $20 or $15; $10 for Five College, Greenfield Community College and Springfield Technical Community College students and youth 17 and under. Contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 545-2511 or visit for more information.

For ticket holders, a pre-performance talk will be presented at 6:45 p.m. by Anne Prescott, director of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies.