Arts & Culture

Classical Tuesdays kicks off with Japanese-Latin concert in Old Town Park

The free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series kicks off its 2014-15 season with an outdoor concert bringing together Japan and South America in a joyful mix of flute and percussion. Miho and Diego, a local duo who combine traditional music from both countries, play a picnic concert at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 to start the series.

Originally from Japan, Miho Takekawa is a percussion lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University; Diego Coy is a Seattle-based Colombian musician originally from Santiago de Cali, where he was director of several musical organizations. Together they’ve recorded four CDs that combine the earthy, wood-based tones of Japanese percussion and South American woodwind, fusing Latin, jazz, folk music and original compositions.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets as well as food. The free Classical Tuesdays series continues through the year inside Slavonian Hall with a celebration of local composers on Oct. 14, the Mosaic Brass Quintet on Nov. 11, the annual Wine and Song benefit on Dec. 9, ensembles from the Tacoma Youth Symphony on Jan. 13, and Dunava Balkan a cappella plus Dave and the Dalmations on Feb. 10. All indoor concerts are at 7 p.m.

“Sounds of Japan and Latin America” is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Old Town Park, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135,