Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Attention Please : 'Gukak' performances to be held

A traditional music troupe based in Seoul will be holding a performances in the coming weeks, with unique programs combining up and coming, along with master performers.

The Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra (SMTMO) will present a concert of new compositions by young and established composers related to the theme of spring.

The pieces will be played using traditional string and percussion instruments. The concert will be held on April 3 at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.

The pieces on the program were newly written or edited for this concert, like composer Kim Sung-kyung’s “Moonlight in Springtime,” inspired by passages from the famous Korean novel “Honbul” by Choi Myung-hee.

The orchestra is one of the nine art troupes housed at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.

The “Stage of Masters” concert to be held at the center on April 19, brings together four virtuosos of various traditional instruments, voice and dance.

The concert will feature solo and concerto performances.

The highlight of the performance is Ahn Sook-sun, one of the most popular divas of pansori, Korea’s traditional storytelling through song.

The 63-year-old singer, who divides her time between teaching at the Korea National University of Arts, and performing, will sing songs from “Simcheongga.”

A story about a girl named Simcheong and her blind father, “Simcheongga” is one of the five surviving stories of the Korean pansori storytelling tradition. The other stories are “Chunhyangga,” “Heungbuga,” “Jeokbyeokga” and “Sugungga.”

The concert will be held at the Grand Theater of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from 20,000 to 40,000 won.

Meanwhile, the National Gugak Center will hold a concert for foreign officials attending the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul.

The Court Music Orchestra will perform a complete version of “Yeongsanhoesang,” a masterpiece dating from the Joseon Kingdom, today, at the National Gugak Center in Yangjae, southern Seoul.

Consisting of nine pieces, “Yeongsanhoesang” is a grand suite lasting more that 50 minutes with the participation of 100 musicians.

Tickets range from 8,000 to 10,000 won. For more information call (02) 580-3300 or visit

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