Shirakaba Guest House, Healing Winds and Community in Concert presents
BERKSHIRES BLOSSOM FOR JAPAN RELIEF CONCERT
SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2011
1:00pm to 10:00pm
at Shakespeare & Co
70 Kemble Street (Rt. 7A)
Lenox, MA 01240
Tickets: Suggested Donations of $10 and Up for Adults, $5 and Up for Children
with performances by
GRAMMY AWARD WINNER JOSEPH FIRECROW
THE BTU’s feat: Steve Ide, Bobby MacVeety, Rick Leab, Butch Amiot
REV TOR BAND
Sherri James Buxton and Bob Shepherd, the Wanda Houston Duo, Robin O’Herin, Jordan Weller, Rodney Mashia, Graham and Barbara Dean, Divinitress, students from the Berkshire Music School as well as other special performers.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Japan in this time of crisis.
Shirakaba Guest House, Healing Winds and Humanity in Concert are coming together to create the Berkshires Blossom for Japan Relief Concert, a benefit concert to raise funds for Japanese victims of one of the worst earthquake and tsunami disasters in history, to be held in the Shakespeare & Company’s Founders’ Theatre on 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, MA on Sunday, April 3, 2011. This musical marathon runs from 1pm to 10:00pm. A donation of $5 or more for children and $10 or more for adults would be deeply appreciated.
Our community in concert collaborative will include some of Berkshire County’s best musicians including the B.T.U.’s – Steve Ide, Bobby MacVeety, Rick Leab, Butch Amiot, the Rev Tor Band, Bella’s Bartok, Divinitress, Sherri James Buxton and Bob Shepherd, the Wanda Houston Duo, Robin O’Herin, Barbara and Graham Dean, Jordan Weller, Rodney Mashia, and students from the Berkshire Music School. Grammy Award flute player Joseph FireCrow has joined the galaxy of stars performing in this very special concert.
The Berkshire Anime/Manga Japanese Animation Club will screen several short Anime films wonderful for the whole family. “The Berkshire Anime/Manga Club is honored to be able to contribute to any fundraising efforts to aid the people of Japan as they work to recover from this disaster. Some of our members have traveled to Japan , and some have Japanese friends and acquaintances they have met on-line. Our hearts go out to Ritsuko-san, her family and all those who have been affected by this terrible event and we look forward to participating in the Berkshires Blossom for Japan Relief Concert.” – Joe Wynn of the Berkshire Anime/Manga Club. There will also be messages and photos of hope and healing for Japan throughout the event. Videos and a global web cast are being explored with a Tokyo based business as well.
One hundred percent of the money raised will go to the relief effort. Some will go directly to the Komatsu family, a Lanesboro resident’s family in Japan who lost everything as the tsunami surged ashore. The rest will aid the Japanese Red Cross.
“Ritsuko Robinson grew up in her family’s minshuku, a traditional inn on Kesennuma Bay ,” says Louise Palmer, friend of Ritsuko and David Robinson of Lanesboro and owner with Sadao Yagi of Berkshires Shirakaba Guest House in New Ashford. “Four decades of hard work and warm hospitality were swept away in minutes by the quake and the fires and tsunami that followed. Minshuku Komatsu was their home and livelihood, but it’s gone now, as is much of Kesennuma, Ritsuko’s home town. Her family, including her 90-year-old mother, lost everything and, like thousands of others, are now homeless.”
The Komatsu family has a special link to the Berkshires. In 2001 they were major contributors to a new playground for Lanesboro Elementary School , where the Robinsons’ daughter, Sarah, was a student.
“Now it’s our turn to help them,” says Louise Palmer. She and her sister set up the Ritsuko Robinson Family Fund with TD Bank for all who would like to help Ritsuko’s family in Japan .
After receiving an early morning email with this information, Fidel Moreno of Lanesboro, Co-founder of Healing Winds, who has a life long connection to Japanese culture, contacted Louise Palmer suggesting that he and wife, Susan Jameson, Co-founder of Healing Winds and Humanity in Concert, create a special event that would give our Berkshire community an opportunity to support and raise money for Ritsuko Komatsu’s family in Japan.
“We wish to make a difference in people’s lives. We want to bring our community together in concert with the spirit of doing something good and being of service, “says Fidel Moreno and Susan Jameson of Healing Winds and Humanity in Concert. “This event is part of our ministry”, says Susan Jameson who used to promote the concerts at the Berkshire Performing Arts Center and the National Music Foundation in Lenox where Shakespeare and Company now resides.
“In the wake of this devastating tragedy, Shakespeare & Company is proud to be a part of this locally-based relief effort. As the scope of this disaster grows sadly larger each day, our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Japan , and their relatives, families and friends who have been affected by this disaster both near and far. We thank Berkshire Blossoms for organizing this event, and hope that the funds generated by this inspiring concert will provide much-needed assistance to those literally half-way around the world,” says the Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company Tony Simotes who did not hesitate to offer the Founders’ Theatre in Lenox.
“This is a very emotional time for all of us,” says Ritsuko’s husband, David. “We’ve shed tears of sadness, but also tears of joy and gratitude. We know we are part of a community when people appear and reach out and help with care and compassion. It is incredible how the human spirit operates in times of need. That is what has held us together; receiving such care and compassion from people we don’t even know
Please join us on Sunday, April 3rd any time between the hours of 1pm and 10pm for the Berkshires Blossom for Japan Relief Concert in Shakespeare & Company’s beautiful Founders’ Theatre, 70 Kemble Street , Lenox , MA . All are welcome to come at 1pm and stay until 10pm for the entire event, or drop in anytime to hear a favorite performer. Wristbands will be given so attendees may leave the concert and come back at any time. Healing Winds is making a special request to please donate vegetable seed packets for Japanese families and non-perishable foods for local food pantries. There will also be a drawing at the end of the night (you need not be present to win) from all attendees for a one night stay in the Take No Ma Suite At Shirakaba Guest House with a 6 course Japanese dinner for two in their traditional tatami mat room.
Tickets will be available at the door of the Founders’ Theatre on Kemble Street in Lenox. Suggested donations are $10 and up for adults, $5 for children, no one and no amount will be turned away. For more information please call Healing Winds at 413-443-2481, Berkshire Shirakaba House at 413-458-1800 or go to healingwinds.net, firstname.lastname@example.org. If unable to attend but you would like to help, please send a check to TDBank 660 Merrill Road Pittsfield MA 01201 and make check payable to Ritsuko Robinson Family Fund and Please put Louise I. Palmer on the memo line.