Ewha Korean Music Orchestra to Perform Here

Ewha Korean Music OrchestraThe 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 hyeryeon@hawaii.edu.