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February 17, 2010

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
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UT Tyler Presents Tao Japanese Drumming

Tao banner from Cowan Center

The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center will present the sensational TAO Japanese Drumming, Susan Thomae-Morphew, UT Tyler Cowan Center director, announced.

A Braithwaite Performing Arts performance, TAO will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Media sponsors are Gap Broadcasting and KETK.

“This show is great for the entire family,” said Thomae-Morphew.

Tickets are $11, $21, $26, $36 and $46 and can be purchased online at www.cowancenter.org, by phone at 903.566.7424 or at the box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Over one million spectators worldwide have experienced the talents of these highly trained artists from the mountains of Japan making them one of the most popular acts on the globe.

Each star of TAO reaches the highest level of virtuosity after years of intensive study and training. Plus, they each offer a modern take on the traditional art form through varied and diverse backgrounds such as a hard rock musician, a gymnast and a composer.

“It’s one of the most powerful and unique performances you’ll ever witness,” she added.

TAO’s performance unfolds like both a dance and a song. It is recognized as a new form of entertainment both internationally and within Japan because it weaves a traditional art form with contemporary elements.

In 2004, TAO performed at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the UK. They had sold-out shows for the entire 25 days and recorded the highest ticket sales of the 1,800 groups that participated from all over the world.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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