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Music of Strings and Wind from Korea: East Meets East: A Concert of Traditional East Asian Music

Sunday, February 8, 2015
12:00 AM
University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State St, Ann Arbor

Enjoy an afternoon filled with music from East Asia as zithers from China and Korea are featured in a selection of traditional musical instruments. This concert will showcase the virtuosity of recording artists Dr. Kyoung Sun Cho (Seoul National University of Education) on the geomungo, Dr. Yuening Liu (Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing) on the yangqin, and Seungmi Suh, on the daegeum.

The geomungo [guh-moon-go] is an ancient Korean zither, played by plucking the silk strings on a long board with a bamboo pick. A Chinese dulcimer, the yangqin [yang-chin] is a stringed instrument played by striking the silk or metal strings with bamboo hammers. Also from Korea, the daegeum [deh-gum] is a bamboo flute with a reed membrane that produces a unique timbre.

Dr. Cho is  Professor of Music at Seoul National University of Education, Korea. An accomplished geomungo artist, she has played in numerous concerts and recitals. She received her BA, MA, and PhD from Seoul National University in Korea, and has instructed musicians at various universities in her career.

Dr. Liu  is Professor of Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), Beijing, China and Director of the Music Confucius Institute (MCI) office of CCOM. She holds her master’s degree in yangqin from CCOM and her doctorate from the  Eotvos Loránd  University in Hungary. She is the founder of JASMINE, the first yangqin ensemble in China.

Dr. Suh is a sought after daegum performer who studied Korean music at Seoul National University in Seoul, receiving a BA and an MA. She finished her PhD at Sungkyungwan University in 2006. She was a member of the Orchestra at the National Gugak Center and is currently a professor in Gyeongin National University of Education in Korea.

Cosponsored by the U-M Confucius Institute and University of Michigan Museum of Art