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Korea Past and Present through Music and Dance

March 29, 4:00 pm

free admission

Korea Past and Present through Music and Dance

Due to health and safety concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the concert has been canceled

An afternoon of Korean music and dance features a variety of court, folk, traditional and contemporary pieces. The program illustrates the richness and variety of Korean culture and its artistry present in Honolulu. This event is part of the 2020 celebration for the 100th birthday of Professor Emerita Barbara B. Smith. The dances are from the lineage of dance master Halla Pai Huhm, who established the oldest extant Korean dance school in Hawaiʻi. The music presents traditions of the court, the village, and the concert stage.

The dances include the refined “Mugi” recalling the courts of the Yi Dynasty (founded 1392); “Sinjang Kori” is based upon shamanistic ritual and lively drum dances draw upon various folk genres in which the performers both dance and drum. The music selections feature the traditional Korean stringed instruments gayageum 12-stringed zither, the geomungo fretted zither, and the haegeum 2-stringed fiddle with accompaniment by the janggo hourglass drum.

A contemporary piece uses the modern 25-stringed zither. “Cheonnyeon manse” comes from the court repertoire for chamber ensemble. “Sanjo” is the celebrated virtuoso solo form from Cholla province that transports a soloist through a number of increasingly faster rhythmic patterns. Lina Kim plays “Sanjo” on the fretted zither geomungo. A contemporary composition
“Arirang” by Gye-Ok Kim will be performed by Hae-In Lee on the 25-string zither. A medley of familiar folk tunes by the musicians and dancers concludes the program.

Free admission.


music students: this concert is eligible for Mus 199 attendance credit

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March 29
4:00 pm
free admission
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Music at Mānoa


Orvis Auditorium at UH Mānoa
2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822 United States
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