Suzuki concert at Saint Joseph’s College to highlight young musicians and benefit victims in Japan

The New England Suzuki Institute and the Maine Suzuki Association will host a Japan Relief Benefit Concert on Sunday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m., at Saint Joseph's College of Maine in Standish.

The concert will raise funds for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan this year. It will also honor the spirit of Dr. Suzuki in support of the Talent Education Research Institute All-Japan concert that had to be canceled in Tokyo in March. The TERI is the national Suzuki organization in Japan whose annual concert includes thousands of child musicians.

More than 200 violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano students, ages 4 to 16, from all over Maine and other New England states will perform classical music and folk tunes.

Eye witnesses from the natural disaster in Japan, along with special guests, have been asked to come and share their experiences. "The concert is a great way to show your support for those in need and help the children to reach out to others in the world through beautiful music," says Wendy Sawicki, who is coordinating the event.

Donations for Japan relief efforts are welcomed at the concert, which will take place at the Harold Alfond Recreation Center. For more information, call 621-4166 or e-mail

May 26, 2011
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail