Posting Date: January 18, 2010
Kennesaw State presents Hanyang University Orchestra in concert
Event is part of a week activities with the Korean musicians
By Scott Singleton
The Korean Traditional Music Orchestra
of Hanyang University
As part of Kennesaw State University’s continuing celebration of “The Year of Korea,” KSU welcomes the Korean Traditional Music Orchestra of Hanyang University for a rare performance on Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The 29-member orchestra will feature both students and faculty members from Hanyang University and will display a wide variety of Korean traditions, ranging from traditional wind ensembles to sword dancing.
Dan Paracka, director of international programs at KSU, says, “Hanyang University is one of the top universities in Korea, and they are the top university in the country for music.” Many of the members of the orchestra also have successful careers as performing artists. The connection to Hanyang University, located in Seoul, Korea, was established by Heeman Kim, KSU assistant professor of communication, through a visit to Hanyang University.
The orchestra, according to Paracka, will arrive on Jan. 26 and remain at KSU for a week. In addition to the Jan. 29 performance, the group will visit classes and perform smaller demonstrations for students. The orchestra will also perform in the Spring Festival Celebration in the Performance Hall of the Bailey Center on Jan. 30.
In comparison to the Korean Association of Zither Musicians that performed at KSU last fall, Paracka notes some important distinctions. “The zither music featured in the fall was a much more contemplative, relaxing kind of music. This performance will be faster and more upbeat.”
Paracka also welcomes volunteers to spend some time with the orchestra during their stay at KSU. To get involved, contact the Institute for Global Initiatives at 770-423-6336.
Tickets for the Jan. 29 performance are $10 and can be purchased at the KSU Box Office.