The flagship orchestra of Korea's centuries-old National Gugak Center, this virtuosic 55-member ensemble continues its Berkeley residency (part one) with a performance of traditional Korean court and folk music. The term "gugak" translates as "national music," and the orchestra is responsible for preserving ancient musical traditions, as well as developing contemporary works for performance. The refined and elegant court music comes from more than 1,000 years of development in the rituals, banquets, and ceremonies of the Korean royal court. The folk music reflects the daily lives of the Korean people, with regional characteristics and unique performance styles.

In association with the Pacific Rim Music Festival at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Korean National Gugak Center Creative Traditional Orchestra concerts are supported, in part, by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea.

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Oct 28, 2017

Public Forum
Sat, Oct 28, 1pm
Alumni House

A talk with six of the contemporary composers who have created new work for the Korean National Gugak Center Creative Traditional Orchestra—Edmund Campion (UC Berkeley), Shih-Hui Chen (Rice University), George Lewis (Columbia University), David Evan Jones and Hi Kyung Kim (UC Santa Cruz), and Chinary Ung (UC San Diego)—and the esteemed Korean composer Geon Yong Lee. They will be joined by the KNGCCTO's artistic director, PARK Chi Wan.

Free and open to the public.

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Gilnori Parade
Sat, Oct 28, 7pm
Spieker Plaza

A traditional Korean parade featuring colorful costumes and an array of diverse percussion instruments. Korean musicians will be joined by two local Korean percussion bands–the Monsori Samulnori Ensemble (Monterey) and EGO, UC Berkeley's traditional Korean drumming group.

Free and open to the public. Korean food available for purchase from Pyeong Chang Tofu House starting at 5pm.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Program Notes
Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]


National Gugak Center Official Introduction Video

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