Shopgirl: Music society to present concert pianist Michiko Otaki

One of my favorite recurring Augusta cultural events is the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music series.


On Nov. 19, the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society will host Michiko Otaki in the Vola Jacobs Memorial piano recital.


Otaki is a concert pianist who has been featured in performances across the globe, ranging from Washington’s National Gallery to Carnegie Hall, and has traveled with the Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic and Slovak Sinfonietta.

She will perform a program featuring The Sonata No. 15, Op. 28 “Pastoral” (1801) by Beethoven; a suite of pieces titled Down Jersey Scenes written in 2013 by Paul Mack Somers; the French Suite by Bach; and three dances by Chopin.

Music begins at 7:30 p.m. at Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students. Visit for more.

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