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.
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Music will present a performance by the Seoul-based Ensemble Collabo Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Auditorium on the Mānoa campus. The ensemble combines the raw emotional character of traditional Korean instruments with their Western counterparts, presenting a music that connects worlds.
Gui Sook Lee
Founded and directed by composer Gui Sook Lee, Ensemble Collabo performs a new repertoire for haegeum, viola, geomungo, piano, and Korean drums, representing an elegant and vibrant fusion of Korean and Western musical sensibilities. The program will include four new pieces by Gui Sook Lee as well as one by UH composition and theory professor Donald Reid Womack.
The visiting artists from Korea, in addition for director Lee, are Eun Ja Youn (geomungo), Ha Ram Choi (viola), Youn Young Sung (haegeum, In Soo Kim (janggu), and Ki Jun Lee (piano).
Tickets will be available at the door: $12 general admission; $8 seniors, UHM faculty/staff/students; UHM music majors free. The concert is eligible for Mus 199 attendance credit. For further information, telephone the Music Department: 808–95-MUSIC.
Gayageum virtuoso Ji-young Yi will present a concert of world-premiere performances of works by University of Hawai’i at Mānoa composition students on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Auditorium at 2411 Dole Street on the Mānoa campus.
Prof. Yi, a distinguished faculty member at Seoul National University and one of Korea’s most-recognized traditional performers, is a featured guest-performer-in-residence at the UH Music Department this semester and has worked intensively with students on these works that have been composed especially for her.
The concert will include compositions by Yoomee Baek, Thomas Goedecke, Lim Jae Hyun, Chris Molina, Tyler Ono, and Ulung Tanoto.
Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for seniors and UH faculty/staff/students; UHM music majors free. For further information, telephone the UH Music Department at 808–95-MUSIC.
University of Hawaii at Mānoa graduate student Seola Kim is the Grand Prize winner in the 2015 Overseas Korean Broadcasting Award competition. Kim was cited for the program “Gugak Gallery,” which she hosts on Radio Seoul Hawaii in Honolulu. Kim is a Ph.D. student in composition in the UH Mānoa Music Department. She is an accomplished player of the Korean traditional instrument ajeng and is a former vice-chief ajeng player of the Korean National Gugak Orchestra. Her program “Gugak Gallery” is the only overseas Korean radio program that specializes in Korean traditional music, or gugak, and introduces listeners in Hawaii to a variety of modern and classical Korean traditional music. “Gugak Gallery” is broadcast on Radio Seoul Hawaii at 1540 AM every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
Seola Kim, far right, at work in the Radio Seoul Hawaii studio.
Ji Yun-Ja will lead a group of more than a dozen musicians and dancers in a performance of Korean traditional music and dance at Orvis Auditorium Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Ji, president of the Korean American Traditional Music Association in Los Angeles, is noted for “her beautiful talent of playing Korea’s most treasured musical instrument–the Kayagum.” She was designated as foreign honorary successor of Traditional Intangible Cultural Asset by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2014.
The performance is co-sponsored by the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Music Department and Center for Korean Studies. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students, seniors, and UH faculty and staff. Admission is free for UH Mānoa music majors. Purchase tickets at the door only by cash or check.
The program will include:
Taegum solo (bamboo flute), performed by Lee Byung-Sang
Folk Dance – Sanjo dance, performed by Chang Hwa Sook
Folk Song – Minyo Hapchang – Im yeasun, performed by Lee Kyong-Ja and Shu Won-Suk
Folk Dance – Dosalpuri, performed by Lee Young-Nam
Pansori – Sarang-ga, performed by Lee Kyong-Ja and Shu Won-Suk
Folk Dance – Jaeng gang Choom (쟁강춤) dance, performed by Juli Kim
Kayagum Sanjo and Byungchang, performed by Ji Yun-Ja
Folk Dance – Fan Dance, performed by Suh Won Sook, Lee Kyong Ja, and Yoon Sook Young
Folk music improvisation – Shi Nawi, performed by Lee Byung Sang, Ji yun Ja, Seola Kim, and Juli Kim
Folk Dance – Changgo Chum (Drum Dance), performed by Lee Young-Nam
Samulnori, performed by Yoon Sook Young and ensemble
Orvis Auditorium at is located at 2411 Dole Street on the UH Mānoa campus. For further information, telephone (808) 95-MUSIC.