Japanese Tsunami Benefit

Entertainers are from the local area and Japan. Cost is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. Tickets are available at the door.

Performers include:

Japanese pop singer Aya Uchida, who will come from Japan for this concert.

Buyo dancer Yoshiko Yamanaka

The Kansas City Symphony String Ensemble —Tamamo Someya Gibbs, Mark Gibbs, Tomoko Iguchi and Eri Kosaka

The University of Missouri-Kansas City jazz band Ensemble, directed by saxophonist Bobby Watson, which performed in Kurashiki, Japan, a sister city of Kansas City, Mo., in October 2010

Ki-Daiko/Three Trails Taiko — a combination of high school and adult taiko groups, both from Olathe

Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on March 11, spawning a deadly tsunami that slammed into the small island nation. Thousands of people are dead and many more are still missing or injured; almost half a million people are homeless.

The Japan Relief Event is sponsored by the Heart of America Japan-America Society, the Japan Club of Greater Kansas City and the JCCC International Club. For more information, contact the JCCC international education office at 913-469-3496.

Sat., June 18, 2-4 p.m., 2011