Whitney Hale

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College: Fine Arts

An Evening of World Music, Dance to Captivate Singletary Center

Published: Nov 30, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2012) — Join the University of Kentucky School of Music for an evening of world music and dance at the Fall World Music Concert. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

UK's World Music concerts always represent music from multiple continents. While this continues to be true, this time the concert will place special emphasis on Korean music and will feature guest artists all the way from South Korea. These artists include Hyekyung Lee, a Korean zither performer, on the earthy-sounding komungo; Eunhye Nam, a folksinger; and Hyangran Kang and Gyoungsook Moon, Korean court dancers.

 

Closer to home, the UK Korean Ensemble, led by Donna Kwon, will be playing pungmul drumming and a dance number. This ensemble moves and dances while playing percussion instruments strapped to their bodies, such as the janggo (hourglass drum), buk (barrel drum), jing (large gong) and swe (small gong). Kwon is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology, who has taught at UK since 2008.

 

The concert will also highlight the UK Bluegrass Ensemble, led by ethnomusicology graduate Tanner Jones. The ensemble will play traditional Appalachian, gospel and folk favorites. The program will also include Angela Maske on the Chinese guzheng zither. In addition, Vanessa and André Campelo will grace the stage with Brazilian art songs.

 

Lastly, Marcus Wilkerson will enliven the evening with African drumming. With this much talent and energy, the concert is bound to include some surprises that are sure to inspire the audience's collective global imagination.

 

For those interested in learning more about Korean music, the Korean artists will be giving a free lecture demo preview earlier that day at noon, in the Niles Gallery, in Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, theory and music history.

 

For more information about these events, call (859) 257-4912 or email Donna Kwon at donna.kwon@uky.edu

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716 or whitney.hale@uky.edu

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