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  • Yamato drummers vigorously beat on drums on stage in front of large red drum
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  • Yamato drummers furiously beat on drums.

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan
Rojyoh – The Beat on the Road
Twentieth Anniversary Tour

7:30 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Yamato offers everything you’d expect from a first-rate Japanese drumming troupe. But that’s just for starters. The wildly entertaining group of mixed-gender drummers applies the theatrical exhibitionism of a rock ’n’ roll concert — seasoned with welcome touches of humor — to samurai-serious percussion playing in concerts that captivate audiences of all ages. Named for the ancient word for both Japan and its home city of Nara, Yamato makes its third appearance at Eisenhower Auditorium as part of its twentieth anniversary tour. In its new show, Rojyoh, Yamato celebrates two decades of working, running, sitting, eating, dreaming, and drumming on the road. A group that started out just wanting to perform one song at a local shrine’s small festival has blossomed into an international sensation that’s performed more than 2,600 times around the globe.

Adult $38
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $24

Create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount — by purchasing together tickets to four or more Center for the Performing Arts presentations.

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Family Drum Workshop

1:00 pm Sunday, November 10, 2013

Eisenhower Auditorium lobby

The public is invited to participate in a free Family Drum Workshop conducted by the student club Penn State Taiko. Members of the club, along with Dr. Kimberly Powell, will demonstrate Taiko drumming. A variety of hands-on activities will be available. Registration is not required.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Eisenhower Auditorium Conference Room

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Kimberly Powell, associate professor of education and art education at Penn State, and members of the student club Penn State Taiko, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Powell, a musician, advises Penn State Taiko and wrote her dissertation about Japanese drumming. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.