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2017 Season OnStage Korea 3rd Showcase: Jeeyoung Kim Ensemble image

2017 Season OnStage Korea 3rd Showcase: Jeeyoung Kim Ensemble

Jeeyoung Kim Ensemble

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00pm
Studio Theatre(Mead Theatre)
1501 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Thanks for your interest! Due to a strong response, this event is currently full and we are no longer accept additional RSVPs. We appreciate your understanding. We will try to accommodate any walk-in guests, but cannot guarantee admission or seating. 

E-mail: infodesk@koreaembassy.org
Phone: 202-797-6343

For the third showcase of the 2017 season of OnStage Korea, the KCC presents the modern opera, From My Mother’s Mother(우리 엄마의 엄마로부터), a moving story of Korean cultural heritage and change from one generation to the next, from Korean composer Jeeyoung Kim and commissioned and performed by the Houston Grand Opera in 2012, with libretto by Janine Joseph. 

Before the show will also be a special performance of Tryst  for oboe, cello, and gayageum (traditional Korean stringed zither), an outstanding combination of female voice and chamber music, originally commissioned by the Silk Road Ensemble led by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

From My Mother’s Mother tells the story of a Korean folk tradition passed down through four generations of Korean-American women living in the United States, and the challenge such traditions face abroad. The tradition is one where Korean women, post-birth, enjoy seaweed soup prepared by their mother—the same seaweed soup often eaten by Koreans on one’s birthday. The opera integrates animated images to help convey the words and the compelling, intimate story. “I felt very emotional when I composed the piece,” says Jeeyoung Kim. “The story reminds me of the love and sacrifice of my own grandmother and mother, as well as my relationship with my own daughter who was born and is raised in the United States.” 

An accomplished international cast will sing this poignant account of the passing down and rejection of tradition through multiple generations of Korean-American women. Composer Jeeyoung Kim articulates a musical harmony of Eastern and Western traditions and their influence on the Korean-American experience, through a vivid opera and music. This third showcase on the OnStage Korea series will continue to celebrate the richness and diversity of Korean performing arts in Washington, D.C., with more events to come in 2017. 

Artist Members
Jeeyoung Kim | Composer & Artistic Director
John Spencer IV | Conductor
Eunjoo Lee-Huls | Mezzo Soprano
Gloria Yongkyung Park | Mezzo Soprano
Hayan Kim | Soprano
Alexander Charles Boyd | Baritone
Hyojin Kang | Gayageum
Ye-jin Han | Violin
Weiting Sun | Cello
Koaki Shinkai | Flute
Hana Kim | Clarinet 
Kyungmi Bae | Oboe
Eric Song | Percussion