Performance: Sacred Sounds of Ryukyu


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When: Nov 11 2018 - 6:00pm until Nov 11 2018 - 8:00pm
Where: Orvis Auditorium, UH Manoa

A unique performance in celebration of the rich musical heritage of Okinawa with songs from three very different Ryukyuan traditions.

A tradition of sacred singing has been passed on in the Ryukyu Islands for over 400 years. In this event we will listen to songs and explanations of creation myths from the court omoro tradition and secret songs from the regional umui genre. We will also hear performances of Christian hymns based on Ryukyuan folk songs and sung in the Ryukyuan language since the 19th century.

Space is limited. Seating is general (unreserved). Doors open at approximately 5:30 p.m. Parking on campus is managed by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is normally free on Sundays. More info:

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Co-sponsored by UH Manoa's Center for Okinawan Studies and Department of Music and the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts.

Primary Contact Info:
Phone: 944-7177