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CRS Holiday Program + Reception
December 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
We joyfully invite you to our 15th Annual Holiday Celebration on Sat, Dec 8, 2018! This is the one night of the year when so many participants in our many communities comes together to share and celebrate oneness. This year our theme is freedom from fear of aging. Regardless of the body’s age or condition, we can all experience one another’s light and limitlessness and love. In this year’s program we will draw inspiration from both the very young and the aging.
6 – 7:30 pm
- Facing Aging & Dementia Fearlessly
A Spiritual / Scientific Conversation with CRS Founder & ACIM Lecturer Yasuko Kasaki & Alzheimer’s Researcher Dr. Junichi Shioi
- Concert by Pianist Tomoko Isshiki & Vocalist Lynn Masako Cheng (The King & I on Broadway)
7:30 – 9:30 pm
- Reception with catering by Inase Sushi and Mie Sunouchi
Tickets to both parts are $50 through 12/7 or $60 cash at the door.
Tickets to the catered reception only (enter after 7:30 pm) are $30 through 12/8 or $40 cash at the door.
If you bring your children, age 12 and under, they can get in for free.
Part one has limited seating and advanced purchase is encouraged. Tickets at the door are cash only.
For years, the big C — cancer — triggered our greatest fears and feelings of helplessness. But recently, more and more people are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Nearly everyone now knows someone whose memories and personality are being eaten away by these diseases. CRS Founder Yasuko Kasaki will interview Dr. Junichi Shioi, one of the world’s foremost Alzheimer’s researchers, about where we stand in developing treatments, what we know, what we can learn, and how we can face being a patient or a caregiver with a peaceful and fearless mind.
The musical part of our program features a rising star of Broadway (The King & I), the 13-year-old Lynn Masako Cheng, accompanied by her mother, award-winning concert pianist and teacher Dr. Tomoko Isshiki. Dr. Isshiki has devoted much of her adult life to advancing contemporary music and illuminating its commonalities and differences in the East and West, while drawing on her roots in literature.
Alzheimer’s researcher Junichi Shioi, Ph.D.
Dr. Shioi received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Nagoya University in Japan for the molecular biological study of bacterial behavior in 1971 and 1978, respectively. In 1980, he moved to the US to work as a post-doc at Loma Linda University in California and then at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1985, he was invited to the Loma Linda University as an Assistant Professor. In 1990, he moved to Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and started to study Alzheimer’s disease at the molecular and cellular levels. Although he formally retired from the school late in 2015, he is still active in helping young researchers there. For the past eight years, he has collaborated with Mr. Masaharu Hatano, director of the Senior Dementia Institute in Yokohama, Japan, to develop “Kyomation Care,” a digital health care system for dementia patients. He is also attempting to deliver a home care service for Japanese seniors living in northern New Jersey.
About CRS Founder Yasuko Kasaki
Yasuko Kasaki is an internationally beloved spiritual writer, counselor, healer, lecturer and translator from Tokyo, Japan. The founder of CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing), the first and only spiritual center devoted to the teaching and practice of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) in New York City, she is widely recognized as the person most responsible for the spread of ACIM throughout Japan. She has taught and worked with thousands of people from around the world to help resolve their mental and physical issues and witness miracles. She is the author of 16 books in Japanese about ACIM, as well as numerous novels, short stories, essays and collections of photographs. Her translations of the ACIM Workbook and books by ACIM writers Jon Mundy, Gabrielle Bernstein and David Hoffmeister and others have also been published in Japan. Meditation and communication with Holy Spirit form the foundation of her classes.
Concert Pianist Dr. Tomoko Isshiki and Broadway Vocalist Lynn Masako Cheng
Dr. Tomoko Isshiki is a piano teacher with a doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Houston. She also has a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Oregon, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Meiji University in Tokyo. Recently, she performed as a pianist in Vivace Inc.’s “John Manjiro: The Man Who Crossed the Ocean” at the Tenri Cultural Institute. Her students have performed in Dicapo Opera Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. In her free time she likes to cook Japanese food for her family and watch Broadway shows.
Lynn Masako Cheng is a 13 year old child actor and performer. She has appeared in the Lincoln Center production of The King and I on Broadway with Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara, in the Annie Asia Tour, and in Annie at Papermill Playhouse in NJ. Lynn’s TV credits includes “Sesame Street” on HBO and PBS, “Kevin Can Wait” on CBS, and more. Most recently, she will appear in the Netflix movie “Tigertail” which will be released in 2019. Other than performing, she enjoys playing the piano and writing stories. At school, Lynn is a straight-A student and is the president of the student council.