Art and Seoul: Exploring the Beauty of Korean Musical Tradition

Art and Seoul: Exploring the Beauty of Korean Musical Tradition

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Dallas Arboretum – Rosine Hall
8525 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
Fees: $30 Members; $40 Non-Members

Event Details
5:45 PM Reception
6:30 PM Program

Website: dfwworld.org

You may be familiar with Korean popular music, or K-Pop, which has taken the world by storm. How has Korean music evolved over time and how does current popular music pay homage to traditional themes?

Join the World Affairs Council, in partnership with the Korea Foundation, for a beautiful evening at the Dallas Arboretum where these traditional Korean music themes will be explored. The night will include a reception, live performance by Jeongin Lee of  UT Austin, and conversation on the legacy of Korean music. Korean music theory and performance specialist  Dr. Hilary Finchum-Sungnwill highlight the significance of musical tradition in  Asian studies. We hope you will be a part of this immersive experience!

About Jeongin Lee
Jeongin Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas, Austin. In her undergrad program at Ewha Womens University, Seoul, South Korea, she majored Korean traditional music, playing gayageum (12-string Korean zither). She received her Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University in 2016. Jeongin is primarily interested in the nexus of music and violence and her current research explores the complex layers of the soundscape in the DMZ. Specifically, Jeongin focuses on the ways in which people—residents, soldiers, tourists, and artists—use sound and music to construct, maintain, and experience the space.

About Hilary Finchum-Sung
Dr. Hilary Finchum-Sung is the executive director of Association for Asian Studies, where she has been a member for about 20 years. She served as the first non-Korean faculty member in the Seoul National University’s department of Korean Music in the Republic of Korea where she spent the last decade. Dr. Finchum-Sung’s work has also been published in many academic journals, including Ethnomusicology,), Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, and Acta Koreana. She has mastered fluency in not only Korean language, but also Korean music, particularly as a performer on the two-string fiddle, haegeum. Dr. Finchum-Sung is a board member of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University.