The Ewha Korean Music Orchestra will perform in concert Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The eighteen-member group, led by Professor Young Seok Won, is the only all-woman Korean music orchestra. This traditional Korean music orchestra is composed of talented Ewha Womans University students majoring in traditional Korean music. Since Korean traditional music was established as a major in the Music Department in 1974, Ewha has encouraged students to cultivate their talents and techniques in traditional Korean music and in Western and contemporary Korean music at the same time.
The orchestra consists of three groups of related musical instruments that could be categorized as woodwinds (daegeum and pipes), percussion, and strings (gayageum, geomungo, haegeum, and ajaeng). Their aesthetics and musical style are not limited to pre-modern Korean music. Though rooted in the Korean tradition, they incorporate Western and contemporary music into their repertoire, including orchestral, court, and chamber music. The orchestra also performs newly created compositions for a contemporary global audience.
The concert, titled “Ewha Fantasy,” is a special event to raise funds for the Hawaii Ewha Alumnae Association Scholarship. Tickets for the concert cost $10 and can be purchased by contacting the Hawaii Ewha Alumnae Association by phone at (808) 741‑0406 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.