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Yamato - The Drummers of Japan coming soon to Sangamon Auditorium, UIS

October 2, 2007

Contact: Bryan Leonard, 217/206-8284, leonard.bryan@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield will be hosting a performance of Yamato - The Drummers of Japan on Sunday, October 28 at 7 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS.

The intense, yet peacefully harmonious sounds of Japanese taiko drums make Yamato a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Inspiring and beautifully artistic, the taiko drummers of Yamato put their very souls into these unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere. Their performances are infused with the idea that the drumbeat, like the human heartbeat, is the very pulse of life.

Yamato has traveled the world playing to more than a million people and giving over 1,500 performances in about a dozen different countries. They continue to travel with several dozen large and small drums (including an odaiko made from a huge tree over 400 years old), displaying the instruments' versatility and instinctive appeal, both in extemporized street performances and in concert halls holding several thousand people.

Tickets for this event are on sale now. To order tickets visit www.SangamonAuditorium.org or order tickets by phone by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or toll free at 800-207-6960.

This presentation supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from the General Mills Foundation, Land O' Lakes Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council.

Sangamon Auditorium is located at the University of Illinois at Springfield and hosts more than 120 performances annually. Also home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,018. Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.



The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs: 21 bachelorís, 20 masterís, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.

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