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The Ready for the World Music Series will conclude with a celebration of musical traditions from East Asia on Sunday, April 19.

The event will feature renowned guest artists who will perform art and folk songs from East Asia, particularly those that have made a great impact on Western musical traditions. It also will introduce works by leading East Asian composers for small chamber ensembles. The program includes selections from Taiwan, China, Mongolia, Japan, and Korea.

At 12:30 p.m., a reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and exhibits of artistic and cultural artifacts from East Asia will be held in the lobby of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. A 2:00 p.m. musical presentation and short lecture led by Chih-Long Hu will follow in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall.

Hu is a pianist and professor at East Tennessee State University. His honors include the Chi-Mei Artist Award and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and the Russian Music International Piano Competition in San Jose, California.

Other special guest artists will perform:

  • Sharon Cheng, a soprano who has given recitals throughout Asia, America, and Europe. She’s performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and won top prizes at numerous competitions, including the Liszt International Competition and the Taiwan National Theater Concert Hall 2009 Young Star Audition.
  • Sun-Joo Oh, a soprano who has given recitals throughout the eastern United States, Europe, Brazil, and her native South Korea. She currently is an associate professor of voice at East Tennessee State University.

The exhibits and reception are provided with support from the UT Confucius Institute and the Knoxville Association of Korean Americans.

The Ready for the World Music Series began in the fall and featured music from Latin America and Eastern Europe. It was made possible by contributions from the Haines-Morris Foundation, the Ready for the World program, the College of Arts and Sciences, Multicultural Student Life, and the School of Music.


Miroslav Hristov (865-974-7535,