International students celebrate anniversary with concert

November 8, 2013

Emporia State University continues its 150th-anniversary celebration with a concert in mid-November by the Japanese Association Sakura Choir.

JA Sakura’s fifth annual concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 802 Commercial St., in Emporia. Admission costs $5 with Emporia State students free. All proceeds are going to tsunami orphans in Japan and the Rev. Mike Sorsen of First Presbyterian who continues to battle Lyme disease contracted in 2011 while working on tornado clean-up efforts in nearby Reading, Kan.

Featuring students from Japan, South Korea, France and the United States, the concert will have an international flair, with musical selections coming from multiple countries.

A special highlight will be the group singing both the current alma mater and the alma mater for Kansas State Teachers College.

As the Emporia State University community continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary of “Changing Lives Since 1863,” JA Sakura members have planned their concert to share ways the university has changed lives through international education and cultural opportunities.

The concert also will coincide with a signing by Steve Hanschu of his book, “Emporia State University,” which is a pictorial history. Copies of the book will be for sale from Town Crier during the event.

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