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Japanese Drums Return to Boerne

 TAO Japanese DrummingThe tantalizing tradition of taiko drumming returns to Boerne with an explosive show highlighting the traditional Japanese art form with a contemporary flair. The visually spectacular drum show has become a worldwide phenomenon claiming over 6.5 million people having attended one of their live performances. Check out this VIDEO .....and this one too! You will love it.

 TAO Japanese DrummingSeventeen Samurai has critics raving about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy and stamina.  The performers who take the stage in this all-new production for TAO are both highly trained athletes and highly expressive artists.  This visually spectacular drum show presents traditional taiko instruments including huge drums, wooden flutes shamisen (a type of strummed guitar) and koto (horizontal harp).  Drums weighing in excess of 110 pounds are swung around effortlessly, delivering percussive patterns in aggressive one-upmanship.

 TAO Japanese DrummingTAO is comprised of young drummers who are trained in traditional Japanese percussion in their remote mountain compound in rural Japan.  Their training regime points to their monastic origins and includes physical, spiritual and musical focus.   Taiko drumming originated as a spiritual ritual to evoke rain or a good harvest, but today is an international show stopping production where technical mastery and passion are combined with rhythmic sensation and showmanship.

 TAO Japanese DrummingBoerne Performing Arts kicks-off the southwest portion of TAO’s third North American Tour that will include 38 shows in a 60-day period.  This show, as reviewed by the Chicago Tribune, describes TAO as “supernaturally fit and superbly trained…stunning…fully deserving of the standing ovation that the company receives!”   This international production is part of Boerne Performing Arts’ fifth anniversary season of bringing the world of professional performing arts to our hill country community.

The performance will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 7:30pm at Boerne Champion Auditorium.  This state of the art venue boasts a seating capacity of 985, with every seat having a clear line of vision to the stage.  The intimate setting is complimented by an array of local restaurants that provide the opportunity for fine dining prior to the evening show.    

Special hotel rates for the night of the performance ($75) are available at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Boerne.  This “concert night” rate is available only with telephone reservations made directly with the hotel at 830-368-4167, and is based on availability.  “Boerne Performing Arts Concert Night Rate” must be requested at the time reservation is made.

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