Burlington Taiko returns to the Medallion Opera House for drum concert

GORHAM — Experience Taiko drumming and a glimpse into Japanese music and culture during a performance of traditional Japanese drumming at the Medallion Opera House.

According to a press release submitted by the Medallion Opera House, Burlington Taiko estimates that since 1987 it has introduced over half a million people to the power of Taiko via public performances, including feature performances at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, annual performances at Burlington's First Night, the Joseph Campbell - Keepers of the Lore festival, the Black Ships Festival in Newport, R.I., and over 200 corporate, collegiate and public performances.

Using a background of drums and movement, Burlington Taiko provides audiences of all ages with an opportunity for both lively entertainment and engaging learning.

“Taiko is an exciting display of strength and power through music that enthralls all ages, from preschool to seniors,” says Frumie Selchen, director of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, which is presenting the concert in partnership with the Medallion. “They were such a hit when we brought them here a couple of years ago — we wanted to give more people a chance to experience this amazing art form.”

Showtime is at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. Tickets for the performance at the Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham, are $12 for adults, $5 for students, $30 for families, with reduced rates for Arts Alliance members. Save $2 per ticket and $5 for families by purchasing in advance at White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore, Gorham Town Hall or online at www.aannh.org. All those interested are welcome to attend; those who can't afford the ticket price can pay what they can or come as guests of the Arts Alliance.

The performance is sponsored in part by Yokohama Family Restaurant in Gorham and presented as part of Burlington Taiko founder and director Sensei Stuart Paton's eight day North Country residency, coordinated by the Arts Alliance and funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts as part of the NEA Regional Touring Program, with support from the six New England State Arts Agencies, including the N.H. State Council on the Arts. The residency brings assemblies, workshops and performances to schools and communities through the region.

Learn more about the Arts Alliance and the residency in northern New Hampshire, including information about additional performances and educator and community workshops, at www.aannh.org.

Burlington Taiko groupBurlington Taiko group. (COURTESY PHOTO)