South Korean alumni return to Jacobs School of Music to give free concert tonight

The Gayageum

The Gayageum

Inspired by the IU Chamber Orchestra’s tour to Seoul, South Korea, this past spring, the South Korean chapter of the Jacobs School of Music Alumni Association is returning the favor with a free Korean Alumni Homecoming concert tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in Auer Hall.

Fifteen Korean alumni currently residing in South Korea and the United States will join forces with several Jacobs School students to perform works by Beethoven, Kim, Shostakovich, Mozart, and Dvořák, among others. The program will also include traditional Korean instruments the gayageum and the tambour, and pansori, a Korean genre of musical storytelling by a vocalist and drummer.

The group will also give concerts at the Meadowood, Bell Trace, and Garden Villa retirement communities during its weeklong visit to Bloomington.

Further celebrating the school’s connection with the South Korean community, Jacobs hosted four student ensembles from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul last month. Students from Jacobs and Sookmyung shared the bill in a concert on the Sookmyung stage during the Chamber Orchestra’s spring tour.

Watch the IU Chamber Orchestra’s performance at the Seoul Arts Center on March 21.


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