June 1, 2000
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Pianist Makiko Takeda-Herms will perform a piano recital to benefit the Evergreens and the Dickinson Homestead on Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Amherst. The program includes music by Haydn, Chopin, Schumann, and the Japanese composer Masao Endo. A reception will follow. Tickets will be available at the door at $12 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens and students.

Takeda-Herms was born in Japan, and studied piano at the Toho Music School in Tokyo. A recipient of First Prize in the "All Japan Students" piano competition, she traveled to Germany in 1969 to study in Frankfurt. In 1976 she won First Prize at the International Piano Competition in Terni, Italy. She has performed in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Japan and the United States-including a performance in Amherst in 1993.

Takeda-Herms teaches piano at Musikhochschule Frankfurt and Johannes-Gutenberg Universit├Ąt Mainz, and is a producer of "amici delle'arte" in Wiesbaden, a program of music, literature and art. She has made six recordings.

The Dickinson Homestead, home of the poet Emily Dickinson, is owned and operated by Amherst College. The Evergreens, home of Austin and Susan Dickinson, is owned and maintained by the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust. For more information about visiting these sites, call (413) 542-8161 or go to www.amherst.edu/~edhouse.

The First Congregational Church, part of the Dickinson Historic District, is located at 165 Main Street in Amherst. Parking is available in the church parking lot or on streets nearby.