2012 / Scholarship award dinner and famous baritone singer concert for benefits, Oct 28

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Bass-baritone singer Michel Bell

The Aurora Foundation in Los Angeles presents its annual Japanese language scholarship award dinner and famous bass-baritone singer Michel Bell live concert for benefit on Sunday, Oct 28 at 5 pm at DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles hotel in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles.

Aurora Benefit Award Dinner, Auction & Michel Bell Mini Live Concert

Sunday, October 28, 2012

4 – 5 pm, Registration and Auction

5 – 7:30 pm, Award Dinner and Auction

8 pm, Michel Bell Mini Live Concert

DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles hotel (former Kyoto Grand Hotel) is located at 120 South Los Angeles, CA, 90012.

Benefit tickets are $200. To purchase tickets, call (323) 882-6545.

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Joy Palmer

Michel Bell is a former member of the Fifth Dimension vocal group, and has performed with many entertainment greats including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews, Perry Como, Sammy Davis Jr. and Bill Cosby.

Mr. Bell is especially known for his emotional portrayal of “Porgy” in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, which he performed in the U.S., Berlin, Cairo, Tokyo, Pompeii, Paris and Eritrea.

He has performed with the San Diego Opera, Michigan Opera, Opera Pacific and Lyric Opera of Kansas City as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Orchestra.


Every year, the Aurora Foundation awards a Japanese Language Scholarship to an instructor of (or a graduate student in) the Japanese language as well as an Aurora Challenge Grant for the promotion of the Japanese culture to a California resident.

This year’s recipients will be presented their awards at the foundation’s annual benefit dinner and auction to be held on Oct. 28 at DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

This year, the Japanese Language Scholarship is awarded to Joy Palmer, a graduate student at Brigham Young University majoring in language acquisition and education.

As a child, Joy lived in Okinawa, where she was introduced to the language and culture of Japan, and she continued to study Japanese when she returned to the States.

After graduating, Joy taught English in Hyogo Prefecture in Japan under the J.E.T. program. She is currently studying Japanese Language Education with a special interest in how to develop reading comprehension skills. Joy plans to use the scholarship to meet language specialists in Japan, to build networking relationships, and to obtain some teaching materials.

20121021 Aurora Terry Nguyen

Terry Nguyen

The winner of the Challenge Grant this year is Terry Nguyen, a graduate of University of California Riverside.

Although Terry studied environmental science, her passion has always been music, especially traditional, ethnic music; having played a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, and ukulele, Terry began playing a college taiko group named Senryu Taiko and now she has her own ensemble called TaikoMix.

She plans to use this grant to attend the prestigious Kodo Arts Sphere America KASA/MIX program in the island of Sado, Niigata prefecture, to expand her taiko skills and to develop her own musical world.