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“I got this idea from children,” said Japanese pianist Mayumi Tokugawa when asked about her upcoming performance — a collaborative effort involving poetry and music. “When we have concerts for children and we read out stories, they respond better,” she said, explaining that she has always wanted to perform in a combination of music and words.

Next Tuesday’s piano recital will include works by Frederic Francois Chopin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claude Debussy. For Debussy’s suite “Children’s Corner,” Japanese poet Shuntaro Tanikawa has written a different poem for each of the work’s six movements.

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