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Enjoy the classical music of Korea, China and Japan

Inside of the music hall of  Namsan GugakdangEnjoy the classical music of Korea, China and Japan -- all for free this summer.

Seoul Namsan Gugakdang, Korea’s first music hall dedicated exclusively to the performance of “gugak,” or traditional music performances, is giving a free concert at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. The performance is expected to last about an hour and a half.

The concert, put together by the Institute of East Asian Music from Chung Ang University’s College of Korean Music will feature traditional stringed instruments from Korea, China and Japan.

Korea’s 12-zither music instrument "geomungo" will play the old ballad song "Jeongeupsa" about a wife who worries about her husband on a journey. The song dates back to the Baekje Kingdom Period (18 B.C. - A.D. 660). There will also be a gayageum trio to do the "Boat Song (Baetnorae).” The okryugeum, a stringed instrument from North Korea, will perform the rhythms of "White bellflower of Golden Mountain.”

Chinese performers will show off their musical stylings on the guzheng, a 16-25 string zither and Japanese performers will do likewise on the shamisen, a three-stringed zither. Each group will perform their own country’s traditional music.

"The point is to demonstrate that there’s similarity between stringed instruments despite different backgrounds and that it can all fuse into one," one of the members of the Institute of East Asian Music said.

The Institute makes a wide study of music from East Asia and was established in 2006 and has been engaging in wide-ranging exchanges with the music colleges of neighboring countries. The institute has already performed in colleges in Hawaii and China.

For more information call 02-564-0269 (Korean only) or visit the webpage of Seoul Namsan Gugakdang.

By Kim Hee-sung staff writer

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