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Community Conversations: Miki Sawada (Pianist)

October 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Miki Sawada
Join us for a special Community Conversation on Thursday, October 12 at 6 PM. The conversation will include an exploration of how classical music intertwines with America, through the lens of pianist Miki Sawada, who travels the country with a piano. The evening includes a piano performance by Miki and a screening of the film “Gather Hear Louisiana.”
Arrive early to explore our Fall Exhibition and to purchase a drink or cocktail of your choice.


Advance registration is requested: $20 For General Admission / Free For MoCA Members – become a Member todayPlease Note: Membership status will be confirmed prior to event. 
More About Miki:
Pianist Miki Sawada, whose performance made The Boston Globe’s Best Of Arts 2021 list The classical concerts that made me fall in love with live music again,” is known as a fearless musician who is taking classical music where others are not. Miki is the pianist and founder of Gather Hear Tour. When not trucking around with her own piano, Miki enjoys a career of solo and chamber music, with a special affinity for contemporary music. Miki has been featured at venues and occasions such as: Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Helsinki Music Centre, The Arctic Philharmonic (Norway), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater (NYC), Roulette (Brooklyn), MATA Festival (NYC), Toronto Summer Music Festival,  Music on Main (Vancouver), Chicago Symphony Center’s Macy’s Day of Music, the Banff Centre, New Music New Haven, PianoFest in the Hamptons, Art Base (Belgium), and Moulin d’Andé (France). She has been featured for live interviews and performances on WQXR (NYC), WFMT (Chicago), KUAC (Fairbanks), West Virginia Public Broadcasting (Charleston), and All Classical Portland (Oregon). In 2022, she made her soloist debut with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra. She has commissioned several solo pieces with support from New Music USA, and in 2021 released her debut album “A Kind of Mirror” featuring music for piano and electronics by composer Brendon Randall-Myers. In the summers, Miki is a faculty member of Heifetz Institute in Virginia. Miki holds degrees from Yale School of Music (Artist Diploma) with Wei-Yi Yang, Eastman School of Music (Master of Music) with Natalya Antonova and Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music) with James Giles.Miki is an ultramarathon runner and raced 100 miles through the Oregon mountains this summer. She lives in Boston with her husband Kristopher Tong (violinist, Borromeo Quartet) and their rescue German Shepherd mix named Shakira.


About Gather Hear Tour:
Through the Gather Hear Tour, Miki travels to all 50 states with a piano, performing in community gathering spaces, free to the audience. Gather Hear Tour’s mission is to bring high quality live classical music to communities across socioeconomic and political boundaries. By taking classical music outside of formal concert halls – where not everyone might feel welcomed – and into community gathering spaces, Gather Hear uses music as a connective tissue that helps us find what unites us as humans. Gather Hear Louisiana (2022) was the fifth tour after Alaska (2017), West Virginia (2018), Massachusetts (2021), and Utah (2021), totaling 70+ free public performances.


October 12, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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