Contemporary Music Ensemble: Works of Donald R. Womack

Donald R. WomackThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Con­tem­po­rary Music Ensem­ble will present a pro­gram in hon­or of the fifti­eth birth­day of long­time UH Music Depart­ment fac­ul­ty mem­ber Don­ald R. Wom­ack. The pro­gram on March 10, 2016, will con­sist of Wom­ack com­po­si­tions for Kore­an, Japan­ese, Chi­nese, and West­ern instru­ments. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um at 2411 Dole Street on the UH Mānoa cam­pus. Tick­et prices are $10 gen­er­al admis­sion, $6 seniors/students/UH fac­ul­ty and staff (UH Mānoa music majors free).

The UH Con­tem­po­rary Music Ensem­ble, direct­ed by Pro­fes­sor Thomas Osborne, is devot­ed to the com­posers and music of our time. The ensem­ble has giv­en the pre­mière per­for­mances of works writ­ten by estab­lished com­posers as well as up-and-coming stu­dent com­posers. Wom­ack and Osborne are both mem­bers of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty.

For the Wom­ack pro­gram, the ensemble’s stu­dent per­form­ers will be joined on stage by guest artists Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang (vio­lin), Soo Yeon Lyuh (haegeum), I-Bei Lin (cel­lo), and Jonathan Korth (piano).

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Korean Traditional Music and Dance L.A.

Korean music program posterJi 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.

Piano Recital Offers Korean and Western Music

Hye-won Jo photoPianist Hye-Won Jo, who says she tries to use music as a means of pur­su­ing diplo­mat­ic effects inter­na­tion­al­ly, will give a recital of West­ern art music and her own arrange­ments of Kore­an vocal songs Fri­day, Octo­ber 23, 2015, at Orvis Audi­to­ri­um begin­ning at 7:30 p.m.

The recital, spon­sored by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa Music Depart­ment and Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, com­mem­o­rates the sev­en­ti­eth Anniver­sary of the end of the World War II and the nation­al inde­pen­dence of Korea.

Hye-Won Jo received her bachelor’s degree from Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, her master’s degree from Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty in Bloom­ing­ton, and her doc­tor­ate from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the win­ner of some twenty-nine nation­al and inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions. Her note­wor­thy per­for­mances have includ­ed a recital at the Kore­an ambassador’s res­i­dence to cel­e­brate the 2014 ASEAN–Republic of Korea Com­mem­o­ra­tive Sum­mit; a recital to cel­e­brate the 2015 Invest­ment Con­fer­ence host­ed by the ASEAN-Korea Cen­tre and the Korea Cham­ber of Com­merce and Indus­try; a recital to cel­e­brate the sev­en­ti­eth Nation­al Inde­pen­dence Day of Korea host­ed by the Kore­an Embassy and Cul­tur­al Cen­tre in Aus­tralia; and a recital to cel­e­brate the 2015 Old Town Fes­ti­val toward inclu­sion in the UNESCO World Her­itage List, host­ed by the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs.

Last year, she toured Europe and the year before, Asia. This year, she is tour­ing the Unit­ed States. As a schol­ar, her research projects and arti­cles have been pub­lished at inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ences and in jour­nals.

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Korean Dance Concert Memorializes Halla Huhm

image: dancerThe Hal­la Huhm Kore­an Dance Stu­dio will present a 20th-year memo­r­i­al con­cert at Mamiya The­atre, Saint Louis Cen­ter for the Arts, on Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 25, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

The name of the late Hal­la Pai Huhm (1922–1994) is syn­ony­mous with Kore­an dance in Hawaii. Dur­ing her career as a per­former and teacher she con­tributed as no one else has to the preser­va­tion and growth of Kore­an cul­ture in the Islands through dance and music. She was wide­ly rec­og­nized both for her artistry and her gen­eros­i­ty.

Gen­er­al admis­sion tick­ets are $20 ($10 for chil­dren 12 and under). For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Hal­la Huhm Kore­an Dance Stu­dio at (808) 949‑2888 or by e-mail at The con­cert is spon­sored by the Hal­la Huhm Foun­da­tion.

Free Concert: “Sounding Ethnomusicology: Transcending Borders”

Poster: EMA concertThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gy Asso­ci­a­tion will present EMA con­cert 2013–“Sounding Eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gy: Tran­scend­ing Borders”–Friday, March 1, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um. Admis­sion is free.

The con­cert will explore inter­ac­tion between dif­fer­ent cul­tures and ideas with pieces that high­light, to vary­ing degrees, inter­act­ing tra­di­tions, chang­ing prac­tices, and even gen­res. East engages the West, tech­nol­o­gy merges with tra­di­tion, and inter­nal prac­tices explore new avenues of expres­sion.

The Eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gy Asso­ci­a­tion is a student-run orga­ni­za­tion that seeks to increase aware­ness and under­stand­ing of all musics and cul­tures through out­reach, edu­ca­tion, and per­for­mance with­in the Uni­ver­si­ty, the com­mu­ni­ty, and beyond. Although the group is com­posed large­ly of eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gy stu­dents, all stu­dents are able and encour­aged to join.