Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University Hosts Annual International Arts & Culture Symposium

David Gay

April 6, 2018

The theme of this year’s symposium is “East and West, Music and Dance.”

Texas Tech University will host the sixth annual International Arts & Culture Symposium at 1 p.m. Saturday (April 14) at the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Co-sponsored by Sowoon Arts and Heritage, the museum and the Office of International Affairs, the theme for this year's symposium is “East and West, Music and Dance.” The symposium is free and open to the public.

To showcase the eastern form of music and dance, Inmook, a Korean Buddhist monk who is the leader of singers of Korean traditional Buddhist music, will lecture and perform. Guest artist Eun Ha Park will also lecture and perform Korean dance and play traditional percussion instruments.

Tanya Calamoneri, an assistant professor of dance in the School of Theatre & Dance, and Stephen Jones, the director of jazz studies in the School of Music, will feature the western form of music and dance in the symposium. Calamoneri will lecture and perform modern dance and Jones, along with Ben Haugland, assistant professor of jazz studies in the School of Music, will discuss jazz and demonstrate traditional American music on the saxophone and piano.

After the performances, there will be a discussion with the speakers, moderated by Jesse Jou, assistant professor of directing in the School of Theatre & Dance. Following an intermission, all performers will play and improvise.

Gary Morgan, executive director of the Museum of Texas Tech, said this symposium aims to show tradition and change through both music and dance. Morgan hopes events like this shows the university and the museum are active partners with the many communities the university serves.

“Universities must achieve excellence in their teaching and in their research, but they must also aspire to excellence in their engagement with communities,” Morgan said. “By working together, large research-intensive universities like Texas Tech and community groups such as Sowoon Arts and Heritage can develop products impossible to achieve independently. Texas Tech should be a gateway for West Texans to the world.”

Other supplemental workshops that will accompany the symposium include a screening of the International Film Series on Wednesday at Alamo Drafthouse, a presentation of “Korean Traditional Rhythm with Korean Traditional Instruments” at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and a presentation on “Korean Buddhist Meditation” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the International Cultural Center.