OSU Professor Performs Korean Pansori Music at Kent’s North Water Street Gallery

Sat 3/16 @ 8PM

Pansori is a form of musical storytelling from Korean that originated with peasants before being adopted by the upper classes. It involves a single singer/storyteller who enacts all the roles, accompanied by a drum called a buk.

Dr. Chan E. Park, a professor of Korean language and culture at THE Ohio State University, has been an avid proponent of the genre, beginning her studies with Korean pansori masters in the 1970s. When she comes to Kent’s Standing Rock Cultural Arts’ North Water Street Gallery as part of its Around the World series, she’ll do a bilingual performance of a piece called “Sugungga (Song of the Underwater Palace),” about a turtle who lures a hare to the undersea place of the Dragon King.

There’s a meet-and-greet reception at 7:30 prior to the 8pm performance, with light food and drinks, including sujeonggwa, traditional Korean ginger-cinnamon-persimmon punch. It’s a $10 suggested donation, or pay what you can.

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