Shoji Tabuchi coming to Alma

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A concert that features virtuoso-style musicianship and top-drawer dancing will help ring in the holiday spirit in Alma.

Acclaimed violinist and entertainer Shoji Tabuchi will join his wife, Dorothy, and daughter, Christina, to present their acclaimed Christmas-themed concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Alma Performing Arts Center, 103 E. Main St. in Alma.

The festive, all-ages concert will be one of the best ways individuals and families can celebrate the season of giving, said Lauren Schlabach, a communications assistant for Alma Public Schools.

“This production will feature Shoji Tabuchi, with all the lights, singers, dancers and musicians,” she said. “We’re so excited to have Mr. Tabuchi in our theater.”

A regular performer and star of the Shoji Tabuchi Theater in Branson, Mo., Tabuchi has been called “The King of Branson” and “a magician who rules Branson,” among other favorable names from critics and fans. After being encouraged by his mother, Tabuchi, as a young child, learned violin under the Suzuki Method, which is based on the belief that all people are capable of learning music from a positive, nurturing environment.

While a college student in the 1960s, Tabuchi attended a concert by Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff in Osaka, Japan. Tabuchi then met Acuff backstage before following music’s country/bluegrass path.

“Mr. Tabuchi truly is a master of his instrument,” Schlabach said.

For his Christmas shows, Shoji Tabuchi searched “long and hard” for the right musicians to perform in his band, she said. Each musician has a music degree in their respective instrument, with the show’s set list ranging from country styles to classical-music favorites, Schlabach said.

“People will be delighted to see Mr. Tabuchi’s show,” she said.

The event also features twirling cowboy ropes, polkas and a dance to the Sugar Plum Fairy, as well as musical staples from the 1950s and 1960s. Gospel and ballads also will be heard throughout the evening, Schlabach said.

“This will be exciting,” she said of the show. “We feel that this show will be a great way for people to add a family celebration for the holiday.”

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