Japanese Calligraphy Master and Opera Philadelphia Collaborate at Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center

Embark on an exclusive sensory journey as Japanese calligraphy master Ebihara Rogen and Opera Philadelphia converge at the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center. Limited to just 30 guests, this intimate event during the 2024 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival Week on April 9th promises a unique fusion of visual art and music set within the ambiance of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

Experience Rogen’s dramatic brushstrokes on a couture kimono generously provided by MON DRESS. All the while, immerse yourself in the transcendent melodies of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, resonating from the talented voices of Opera Philadelphia’s choir. Savor sake and sushi as you immerse yourself in this unforgettable evening. After the performances, engage in a Q&A session with Rogen and mingle with the artists, adding an extra layer of intimacy to this rare opportunity.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
5:30–7:00pm
Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center
West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
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Admission for this performance is $35 per person.
Discounted admission for JASGP members is $30 per person.

This program will take place at the historic Shofuso Japanese house and visitors must remove their shoes before entering. Please wear socks or stockings as bare feet are not permitted. For more information please refer to the Shofuso FAQ.

Don’t miss this chance to witness the harmonious convergence of artistic mastery in a one-of-a-kind setting. Plus, mark your calendars as Opera Philadelphia will be showcasing a brand new production of Madame Butterfly from April 26 to May 5, 2024.

JASGP would like to extend a special thanks to Opera Philadelphia Chorus Master & Conductor Elizabeth Braden for making this exceptional event possible.

This program is made possible thanks to sponsorship from Dennis Morikawa.

Wedding kimono by MON DRESS at the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center.

A kimono for this performance has been provided through a generous contribution by MON DRESS.

About the Artist

Ebihara Rogen is a renowned Japanese calligrapher celebrated for his mastery of brushwork and profound artistic expression. Rogen’s calligraphy performances have captivated audiences worldwide for decades, and his works are in the collections of the Canadian Museum of History, the Japanese Embassy in France, the Daming Temple in China, the Shaanxi Provincial Museum of History, the Italian Embassy in Japan, and the Hotel Gajoen in Tokyo. In 2012, he was also appointed by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan to serve as a cultural ambassador to Italy, where he gave lectures at the University of Rome, the University of Milan, and the University of Venice.

Ebihara Rogen

Rogen’s movements and precise strokes breathe life into characters during his performances, conveying a depth of emotion and meaning. His compositions range from traditional kanji characters to abstract interpretations, showcasing a diverse range of styles and themes.

Rogen’s calligraphy transcends linguistic barriers, inviting viewers to appreciate the beauty of form and expression. Through his dedication to the art form, he preserves Japan’s rich cultural heritage and inspires a new generation of artists to explore the limitless possibilities of calligraphy.

To learn more about Ebihara Rogen, please visit his website.

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