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Tea, Music, and Architecture

Post by Todd Mitchell:

What shall emerge in the encounter of the traditional Japanese way of tea and the sounds of the Western cello, together in a former sacred space?

On Saturday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m., cellist Jonathan Golove and tea practitioner Atsuko Nishida-Mitchell will perform at the former St. Francis Xavier RC Church, home of the Buffalo Religious Arts Center (BRAC).

The performance is subtitled Ichi-go Ichi-e, an expression central to the Japanese tea ceremony, that no matter how many times the very same people may gather, the moment can never be repeated. Each instant is unique.

What a wonderful to celebrate National Preservation month! BRAC’s mission is to collect and preserve fine art from the many houses of worship that have closed in the region ( With its collection of stained glass windows, statuary, and art work, the former St. Francis Xavier Church will be a stunning setting for this unique performance.

Atsuko Nishida-Mitchell, an experienced tea instructor, has been studying the Japanese tea ceremony for many years. Jonathan Golove is a visiting assistant professor of music at the University at Buffalo. He is an accomplished cellist, actively composing and performing for over 13 years.

The performance is free with regular admission to BRAC, $10 for adults and $5 for students. BRAC is located at 157 East St. near Amherst Street in Buffalo. For more information, call 716-481-2350.

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