Fourth Annual U.S. Ocarina Festival

Fourth Annual U.S. Ocarina Festival at

Savor an unforgettable musical experience with some of the world’s best-known ocarina artists at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Allen Public Library. This year’s festival features over 20 ocarina virtuosos from the United States and Japan. Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free.

Kazumi Sato, ocarinist -- After passing Japan’s NHK World Radio audition, Kazumi Sato made her professional debut as a flutist in 1990. Her ocarina album Hikari no Michi (Road of Light) was released in 1997. A song about the Yatsu-higata tidal flats was featured on this album, garnering much discussion and media attention. Since then, Kazumi Sato has continued to perform overseas as well as in Japan. Ms. Sato is a member of the Association of Children’s Song Writers in Japan and an associate member of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers.

Sa・Ku・Ra, ocarina ensemble -- The amateur all-female ocarina ensemble Sa•Ku•Ra is comprised of students of Kazumi Sato. This group has performed at the USA-Japan Goodwill Concert In Carnegie Hall, the Japan-ITALIA Goodwill Ocarina Concert in Budrio and the Shanghai International Ocarina Festival.

Cris Gale, ocarina player -- Allen’s own Cris Gale is an internationally celebrated and award-winning ocarinist as well as an ocarina designer and teacher. Cris has represented the United States at ocarina festivals in Budrio, Italy (2011) and HongSeong, South Korea (2012). In June 2014, Cris co-headlined a Japan-America Friendship concert at Carnegie Hall, and she recently recorded for the Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory. The world's largest music publisher, Hal Leonard, chose her to write their ocarina method book.

Cornell Kinderknecht, multi-instrumental -- An award-winning recording artist and virtuoso of historic and ethnic woodwind instruments from cultures around the world, Cornell is an Indian Summer Music Awards winner. His song "Mother's Hands" from Nightfall was named as a Top 5 Winner in the Instrumental Category of the Great American Song Contest. Performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City, Meyerson Symphony Center, and the AT&T Dallas Cowboys Stadium, his music can be heard in the nationally-aired television series, "The Art of Living Gallery."

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