Free tickets: THE HEARTS AND EYES CHOIR at Carnegie Hall (Wednesday, May 22nd 8PM)

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THE HEARTS AND EYES CHOIR Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Carnegie Hall New York City Presented by YUKIWARISO CHOIR Under the Auspices of: Consulate General of Japan in NeYork, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, HappyDoll.Inc, IACE Travel, City of Toshima, Tokyo

Website: www.theheartsandeyeschoir.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/NO9.May.22.2013*

Beethoven’s 9th Concert Place: Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019 Start: 8:00PM - Doors Open 7:30PM End: 10:30PM with one intermission 

Tickets: FREE but must be presented at the venue & Guests in wheelchairs are welcome (let us know in advance so we can save you a space)

You can get your free tickets by emailing info@happydoll.org or pick them up at the HappyDoll Office (2095 Broadway btw 72nd & 73rd)   OR at IACE. More info below**

On Wednesday, May 22nd, two hundred voices will come together to make a dream come true.  HappyDoll is proud to be a part of this performance by the The Hearts and Eyes Choir.  This chorus group was formed in 1989 by mentally and physically challenged individuals of Yukiwariso, a non-profit organization that supports individuals with disabilities and their families in Tokyo.

For many of the members, vocalizing, singing, and speaking is a challenge. Despite the difficulties, the choir continued to practice their favorite song--“Ode to Joy,” Beethoven’s Symphony Number Nine that enthusiastically celebrates the brotherhood and unity of all humanity--for 24 years. As a result, the chorus performed last fall at the renowned Suntory Hall in Japan.

Inspired by the story, friends and musicians in New York came together to join the chorus to realize the chorus' dream to perform at Carnegie Hall.

For months, the members have been rehearsing the symphony’s added “Fifth Part,” which is specifically arranged for the mentally and physically challenged, and which adds uniqueness and tenderness to the music.

The Founder and Executive Director of HappyDoll.org had the opportunity to visit Yukiwariso in April for a HappyDoll session.  The chorus will sing on stage holding their one-and-only HappyDolls, which will continue to travel after the concert.

The chorus is hoping to share its dreams through their hearts and eyes with the people in New York City.

The program will include:

Rhapsody for Orchestra (Taiko performance by the physically challenged) Four Seasons of Old Home ( A traditional Japanese song) Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

**How to get Tickets:

-Email info@happydoll.org and pickup the tickets from the HappyDoll office (2095 Broadway & 72nd Street) OR request them to be mailed

-Tickets can be picked at IACE Travel. IACE Travel: 18 East 41st ST., 3rd FL, New York, NY 10017 Tell: 212-972-3200

A gorgeous lineup of talented professional musicians and artists will also be performing to support the chorus:

JUICHI SATO - Conductor URBAN-ATLANTIC CLASSICAL COLLECTIVE - Orchestra ASAKO TAMURA - Soprano NINA YOSHIDA NELSEN - Mezzo-Soprano AKIRA YUKAWA - Tenor KYU WON HAN - Baritone*

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call us at 212-769-8962. Come enjoy the performance and support the choir in fulfilling their dream.  We look forward to seeing you!