For Immediate Release
September 17, 2012
Concert in Mears Park with Japanese Flautist and Cambodian Orchestra
SAINT PAUL — As part of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Series, the Council on Asian Pacific
Minnesotans presents “Asian American Music in the Park” featuring the traditional musical talents
of Japanese flautist Ryusuke Jono and Cambodian classical ensemble Light From Heaven on
Sunday September 30, 2012 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm located at the bandshell in Mears Park in
downtown St. Paul, MN 55101. This event is free and appropriate for all ages.
Japanese-American flautist, Ryusuke Jono, studied the flute while growing up in Tokyo, Japan and
later pursued further studies at the U of M. He has performed classical styled flute music at many
community events, recitals, weddings, and nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He most
recently lent his talents to the Tsunami Fundraising for Red Cross, Delta Airlines, Japan
America Society of Minnesota, and St. Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee. When not playing the
flute, Ryusuke is a chef at a Japanese restaurant where he continues to present his passion and skills
in the field of culinary arts.
The Light From Heaven Traditional Cambodian Ensemble was started by Cambodian master
musician Bun Loeung in the mid 1980’s. Since his death in 2007, the ensemble has continued on as
a community orchestra comprised of Bun Loeung’s co-performers and their students. The ensemble
plays frequently in many venues, including outdoor festivals, community fundraisers, senior homes
and schools. To learn more about Light From Heaven please visit http://www.lightfromheaven.org.
For more information about this topic, please contact Saymoukda Vonsay by calling 651-295-4663, or e-mail
This event is funded with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created by the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.