Christmas with Shoji TabuchiSaturday, December 14, 2013 - 7:30PM
Tommy and Kathy Gunn
Celebrate a new holiday tradition with us as we welcome back Shoji Tabuchi and friends! For two decades, Shoji Tabuchi has presented the hottest must-see show in Branson, Missouri and he returns to us again, holding the record for the most sold-out Lutcher performances. Experience the joy and music of the season along with Shoji favorites, including Broadway, movies, classical, country, pop, rock and western music.
Shoji Tabuchi was born in Japan where his mother insisted on violin lessons and enrolled him as a Suzuki student at age seven. He received a degree in economics from St. Andrews, a private school in Osaka. It was expected that Shoji follow his father into the corporate world. But during his sophomore year at St. Andrews, Roy Acuff, longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry, performed a concert on campus. Shoji was captivated by the music. When Shoji talked to Acuff after the concert expressing his enthusiasm, Acuff replied, “If you ever come to the United States, look me up.”
In 1968, Shoji again met Roy Acuff who again invited him to “come to Nashville when you get a chance, I’ll put you on the Opry.” Shoji wasted no time, drove to Nashville, and appeared that Friday night at the ole Ryman Auditorium. There he fiddled his way into the hearts of country music fans that gave him two standing ovations. Ultimately, Shoji played the Opry 27 times.
In the years to follow, Shoji has toured throughout the country, performed with numerous country stars, and headlined on the Branson scene. Today, he owns his own show in his own 2,000-seat state-of-the-art theater, The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre. He has recorded nine albums and five videos, earned numerous awards, made many TV appearances and played for both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush. Shoji’s inspirational story is the “stuff” that dreams are made of. With just $500 in his pocket he came to the United States to fulfill his desire to play country music. From the early days in San Francisco when he had to work hard just to eat, he has been able to make his dreams come true here in America. Shoji’s parents visited him many times and became ardent fans and supporters of his American dream.