Composers will share works during UI visit
URBANA — Two internationally acclaimed composers who combine electronics and traditional Korean music will be in residence at the University of Illinois through next Sunday.
The composers, Donoung Lee and Jinok Cho, are professors of composition at Seoul National University and are visiting as part of a faculty exchange between the UI School of Music and SNU.
Lee is director of the Center for Arts and Technologies at SNU and has served as president of the Korean Electro-Acoustic Music Society and the Korean Composers Association.
Cho's compositions have won the International New Music Consortium's International Composition Competition and the Korean Electro-Acoustic Music Society Computer Music Prize and have been recognized by the Bourges International Competition in France.
Their residency at the UI will feature a concert in Chicago and another at the UI; two lectures; and an informal meeting with students at Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall.
The concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is called "Korean Connections" and will feature the world premiere of Lee's "Dolmen" for chamber orchestra.
Also on the program are Cho's "Go-Dang," (Old House) which uses traditional Korean music to tell the story of a butterfly that transforms from a dead woman's collar to fly around her house, and Zack Browning's "Mung Bean Mountain," which applies feng shui to the life of Gen. Jeon Bong-jun, who led a failed uprising against Japanese troops in 19th-century Korea.
Lee will give two lectures as part of the Composers Forum. His 3 p.m. Tuesday lecture will focus on his composition "Sori" for cello and live electronics, and his 3 p.m. Thursday lecture will address virtual studio technology instruments and mobile applications. Both are in Room 1201 of the UI Music Building, 1114 W. Nevada St., U, and are free and open to the public.
In addition, the composers will meet with students and the public at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carr Lounge of Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall, where they will reside as part of the UI's Global Crossroads Program.
Tickets for the concert Wednesday are $10 for the public, $7 for senior citizens and $4 for students.