Texas Tech Celebrates Korean New Year with Lecture and Recital

In celebration of the Korean Lunar New Year, Texas Tech University is hosting Korean komungo virtuoso and composer Jin Hi Kim. Kim’s lecture and recital is at 6 p.m. Monday (Jan. 26) in the auditorium of Texas Tech’s International Culture Center, 601 Indiana Ave.

The komungo is a fretted, six-stringed zither which originated in the courts of fourth-century Korea. Kim has been bringing the music of her native Korea to western audiences for many years. She has presented lectures at more than 100 universities throughout the United States, including serving as the Freeman Artist-In-Residence at Cornell University during the fall of 2004, giving a series of lectures titled, "Korean Music in a Global Context." The Korean New Year is celebrated based on the lunar calendar occurring on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Texas Tech students also will participate in this event, performing both traditional Korean music as well as selections of contemporary classical music. The event is presented with support from the Texas Tech School of Music, the Texas Tech Office of International Affairs, the Texas Tech Vernacular Music Center and The CH Foundation. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Jason Berg, Texas Tech School of Music, (806) 742-2270 ext. 293, or   jason.berg@ttu.edu.