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Lecture | Before Butterfly: 17th-Century Dutch & Japanese Music
June 25 @ 7:00 pmFree
Long before the American Commodore Matthew Perry landed in Japan in 1853 and Italian composer Giacomo Puccini set the scene for his 1904 opera Madama Butterfly in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki, the Dutch East India Company or VOC established themselves on an island in Nagasaki harbor as the only official trading channel between Japan and Europe through the 17th to 18th centuries. Along with flourishing trade, this veritable convergence of cultures brought about a fluorescence of mutual interest in the arts and sciences. Learn how the exchange of ideas encompassed the world of music with lecturer and recorder player John Burkhalter and Shakuhachi player Glenn Shōyū Swann. Burkhalter will play music from the time of the VOC in Japan and Swann will perform 17th-century music from the Tokugawa shogunate court. This lecture is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by The Princeton Festival and Mary Jacobs Memorial Library. The final performance of The Princeton Festival’s production of Madama Butterfly takes place on Sunday, July 1, at 3 p.m. at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. Call (609)258-2787 for tickets.