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Kazue Sawai

Fantasia by Tadao Sawai; Zangetsu by Minezaki Koto; Homura by Tadao SawaiKazue Sawai is recognized as Japan’s most outstanding, innovative and versatile master of the koto, a stringed zitherlike instrument that is lionized by the Japanese as their country’s “national instrument.” Sawai, traditionally trained but committed to expanding her instrument’s audience, shifts flawlessly from conventional koto classics to unorthodox, avant garde improvisations, and has redefined on an international scale the image of an instrument that is alternately bowed, strummed, plucked, rubbed, slapped and drummed. This singular musician’s Old First Concerts debut program features compositions spanning two centuries.

Old First Concerts has volunteer opportunities available!

Our concerts rely on the generosity of volunteers to assist with simple tasks like:


distributing programs

box office

set-up and clean-up

Scheduling is flexible — you choose when to work! We especially need helping hands for our Friday and Saturday night performances.

An excellent opportunity for students, seniors, or anyone who possesses a love for music!

If you’d like to consider volunteering with Old First Concerts, please contact for more information.