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Performing Arts

Contemporary Korean Choreographers

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 | 6:00 PM
Contemporary Korean Choreographers International DUMBO Dance Festival: Contemporary Korean Choreographers October 19 - 25, 2005 In association with WHITE WAVE, a Brooklyn-based performance, teaching and rehearsal hub, The Korea Society presented the first annual International DUMBO Dance Festival. Marking an exciting departure from the usual presentation of traditional Korean performing arts, the Festival featured seven up-and-coming young Korean choreographers/dancers who are active not just in Korea but worldwide. These artists… Read More

Korean Dance: Tradition and Creation

Tuesday, November 8, 2005 | 6:13 PM
Korean Dance: Tradition and Creation November 8 - 16, 2005 A 16-member troupe from the Seoul Performing Arts Company presented an exquisite program of folk dances as well as contemporary interpretations of ancient court and shamanic dances in five cities from coast-to-coast in the U.S. This tour was organized and funded by The Korea Society in association with the Seoul Performing Arts Company. Several members of the company also presented… Read More

Reinventing Traditional Korean Music

Thursday, February 28, 2008 | 6:30 PM
Komun'go performance and master class with Heo Yoon-JeongKomun'go Performer and Composer Thursday, February 28, 2008 Legend has it that when Korean courtiers first played the seven-string komun'go over 1,500 years ago, a black crane appeared and danced to its music. A similar, if less literal magic was in the air as critically acclaimed performer and composer Heo Yoon-Jeong performed a program of traditional komun'go arrangements blended with contemporary sounds and… Read More

Dynamic Korea: Dance and Song 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009 | 7:30 PM
Untitled document Performed by Chae Hyang Soon Dance Company Bring the rhythm and vitality of Korea's classical dance tradition to your performing arts venue with Chae Hyang Soon Dance Company. The Korea Society is now accepting bookings for the group's fall 2010 U.S. tour.Handed down from generation to generation, the movements of Korea's classical dance tradition reflect the essential rhythms of life in Korea. The exuberant yŏtt’aryŏngch’um (Taffy Peddler Dance)… Read More

Rhythms to Make the Heart Beat Faster

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 6:30 PM
On September 30, 2009, Minji Kim, traditional percussionist, dancer, and a Republic of Korea 2009 Korean Traditional Artist-in-Residence, performed an evening of folk music on the changgo, an hourglass drum at the heart of traditional Korean music. The night's program began with an introduction by Dr. Ju-Yong Ha, composer and ethnomusicologist, who also provided commentary before each of the three musical selections: a kayagum sanjo, a duet for haegum and… Read More

If This Kayagŭm Could Talk...

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 6:15 PM
Untitled document "...It would speak to the seasons." Join us for a rich evening of time circling through the elegant sounds of Rami Seo's kayagǔm. Powerful at times, passive at others, Ms. Seo's stringed wonder takes us from spring through summer, to autumn's passing and wintry embrace...and back again to spring. Relax amid the contemplative sounds and relish the rich history of the kayagǔm.Thursday, May 20, 20106:15 PM Check-in6:30 PM… Read More
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The Korea Society kicks off a rich autumn season of performing arts with percussionist Vongku Pak on traditional drum, or changgu, Eddy Jo Martinez on guitar, and Jorge Mesa on bass. This scintillating trio will perform a sizzling hour of rhythms, beats, and blues to mark this fall’s G20 leaders summit in Seoul. Come celebrate Korea—a crossroads of music and meeting place for world leaders—with this soulful summit salute. Pak… Read More

Dynamic Korea: Dance and Song 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010 | 3:00 PM
Untitled document The movements of Korea’s classical dance tradition reflect the essential rhythms of life in Korea. The exuberant yott’aryongch’um (Taffy Peddler Dance) walks audiences through the bustling marketplaces of Korea, while meditative, deeply symbolic performances such as the hwahyonmu (Lotus Dance) and sungmu (Monk’s Dance) explore the country’s deep Buddhist roots. From the gentle, gliding grace of the opening chaech’onmu (Choson Court Dance) to the thunderous drumming of the… Read More
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Juilliard @ The Korea Society with Brian Bak

Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 6:30 PM
The Korea Society welcomes young gifted greats from New York’s famed Juilliard School in its 2010-2011 Young Visions, Young Voices series. Classical violinist Brian Bak opens the series with a solo performance of Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Ysaye’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27, and Paganini’s Caprice No. 24. Bak is recipient of the C.V. Starr and Samsung Scholarships and studies with Professor… Read More

Global Music Korea: Flourishes

Thursday, November 4, 2010 | 6:00 PM
Untitled document As the world turns to Korea for the November G20 Summit, The Korea Society hosts a musical salute reflecting the journey to Seoul: royal city, global city. Returning to The Korea Society stage, young kayagŭm great Rami Seo, who has played with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, explores world rhythms. Seo “journeys” from New York’s jazzy 57th Street to the hills of Andalusia, from Israel to the Mongol… Read More
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