The 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).
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.
Pianist 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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The concert is sponsored by the Halla Huhm Foundation.
The 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.