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Guest Artist Concert: JungWoo Kim, Baritone, and Mutsumi Moteki, Piano / FREE

    • Songs of East Asia: Art songs from Japan, China, and Korea
      Saturday, October 1, 7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall 

      In the early 20th century, composers in Asian countries began writing art songs in the Western classical music style but each country followed a different course. For example, art songs written in the Western style played an important role for the Korean people, who were suffering from oppression caused by decades of Japanese occupation; Chinese composers went through a very difficult time during the Cultural Revolution and were restricted to writing music that promoted communist ideals; Japanese art songs developed side by side with the Dōyō movement, which created many high-quality children’s poems and songs. The concert includes guidance for audience members on language differences, as well as the aesthetics and mentality of poets and composers in these three countries.

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