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Japanese musicians to perform Saturday at 'Music at Asbury Series'

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Japanese pianist Kozo Kaneko and Japanese native and Columbus resident Hiromi Mori, who plays the flute-like ocarina, will perform a free show as part of the "Music at Asbury Series" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1751 27th St.

Kaneko, one of Japan's premier pianists, will play mostly a Chopin program. Other selections will include, "Back Home in Indiana" as a salute to his Hoosier audience. He also is tentatively scheduled to include a piece he wrote for victims of a Kobe, Japan, earthquake several years ago.

Since his debut in that city in 1993, Kaneko has achieved substantial success. That includes earning the Prize of Honor at the  Master Players International Competition in Valsolda, Italy, and the Chinese Music Competition Winner.

Mori had more than 100 students learning the ocarina when she left Japan two years ago because of her husband's job here.

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