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The Meeting of East and West

(4-5:30 PM, Saturday, February 18, 2017)

Jennifer Curtis and Mi Ja Kim will collaborate to present a unique performance of instrumental music and traditional Korean dance movement.  Jennifer is an acclaimed American violinist, trained in the western musical tradition. Mi Ja is a master of Korean dance, drums, and Kayakeum, a traditional stringed instrument. These two renowned professional performers will combine the spirit of East and West through this varied program featuring their music and dancing skills. This concert will include their solo and combined performances of violin, mandolin, Kayakeum, drums, and dance, accompanied by Paul Wiancko on the cello. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind event that will bring us together and allow us to experience the fusion of East and West!

This is a fundraiser to support the temple. 

Admission at the door: $20 for adults, $10 for students and children

Pre-paid tickets: $16 for adults, $ 8 for students and children

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Mi Ja Kim, a prominent Korean artist, has dedicated her life to traditional Korean dance and drum. She majored in dance in SangMyong Women’s College and Santa Monica College, and was a top pupil of MaeMang Lee, one of Korea’s national treasures. Mi Ja formed the SunHwa Dance Company and has led intercultural performances with African, Native American, Brazilian, and American artists. Her creative choreography was highly praised at the American College Dance Festival in 2013. She and her SunHwa Dance Company recently performed in the National Theater in Costa Rica. MiJa has now moved to the Triangle area from Los Angeles. We are blessed to have this accomplished professional dancer and drummer with us.

Jennifer Curtis is a gifted and award winning violinist with degrees from Mills College and the Julliard School of Music.  She has performed internationally, including at Carnegie Hall, where her second solo concert was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest” recital programs. An improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jennifer’s versatility has led her to collaborate with musical shamans in the Andes, Kurdish refugees in Turkey, the Nrityagram Dance Company in India, and the Paperhand Puppet Intervention in North Carolina.  Currently, she is an artist-in-residence at Haw River Ballroom’s Culture Mill in Saxapahaw, and teaches violin, musicianship, and improvisation at Duke University. We are very grateful to Jennifer who has been sharing their unique musical gifts along the journey of our Temple community.