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Japanese Taiko drummers perform in summer concert series

June 16, 2010
  • The Japanese Taiko drummers have become a fixture of the summer concert series. (Rich Jordan/KTUU-DT)
The Japanese Taiko drummers have become a fixture of the summer concert series. (Rich Jordan/KTUU-DT)

by Channel 2 News staff
Tuesday, June 15, 2010  
  

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Tuesday's summer concert series at the Loussac Library featured Japanese Taiko drummers.

It's one of the most popular acts ever year at the event.

Taiko means drum in Japanese. Outside Japan, the word is often used to refer to various Japanese drums.

This is the 7th year of the concert series and all the concerts are free.

Organizers say there is something for everyone.

"This is what happened to me when I was a child and so that's why I wanted to have it. I remember hanging around a band stand and listening to live music, kids don't get the opportunity to do that very much and their parents don't either so this is the opportunity for both of them," said Toni McPherson, Anchorage Public Library.

Next week, Live at the Library features Bel Canto, an opera performance.

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The summer series runs through August 10.

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