February 1, 2010

Noreum Machi Performs Feb. 9 at the Williams Center

Concert is part of the College’s Sound Alternatives series

The Korean music and dance ensemble Noreum Machi will perform 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Williams Center for Arts.

Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $4 for faculty and staff, and $22 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009. The performers will give a lecture-demonstration at 11 a.m. in the Williams Center on the Samul Nori forms of traditional Korean drumming and dance for students in the World Music course taught by Larry Stockton, professor and head of music. There will also be a free talk at 7 p.m. in the Williams Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

The final performance in the 2009-10 Sound Alternatives series will be Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, March 9, $22.

Noreum Machi performs a modernized staged adaptation of p’ungmul nori, a ritualistic celebratory event originally performed by rice farmers and professional musicians at harvest festivals in the Korean countryside. As court music died out with the end of dynastic rule in the early 20th century, p’ungmul nori was maintained in the villages and rural areas.

In recent years, skilled performers have returned this music and costumed dance to the prominence of urban performance halls, thrilling audiences in Asia and throughout the world. The group’s colorful program includes spectacular percussion dialogues, shamanic chants, and acrobatic dances.

The 2009-2010 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Dexter and Dorothy Baker Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for its extraordinary support.

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