The eagerly anticipated UNIST Performing Arts Festival (UPAF) is set to captivate audiences, as it takes place on campus from July 25 to 28, 2023. This extraordinary event will bring together students specializing in science and technology from various universities in the Ulsan region, who had given the guidance of professional classical musicians and perform their results they have honed so far. The festival aims to showcase their remarkable creativity and talents through various captivating performances. With an array of engaging acts spanning music, dance, theater, and more, UPAF promises to be a celebration of artistic expression that will leave attendees inspired and entertained. The festival will feature two captivating performances that will be open for all citizens to enjoy free of charge.
The festival commences with a special performance, entitled “Mid-summer Night Concert.” Esteemed violinist Professor JongEun Lee, cellist Hoonsun Chae, and pianis Gunyoung Hwang will come together as a piano trio to deliver an enchanting musical experience. Professor Lee is a graduate of Juilliard College of Music in New York, while both Hoonsun Chae and Gunyoung Hwang completed their studies at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin in Berlin, Germany. These accomplished musicians have achieved numerous accolades in domestic and international competitions while actively performing worldwide. Additionally, media art performances exploring the convergence of science, technology, and art will be presented. Through real-time interpretation by artificial intelligence combined with media art elements, this unique performance promises an immersive audiovisual experience prepared by a team, led by Professor Kyungho Lee in the Department of Design at UNIST. The Mid-summer Night Concert will commence at 7:30 p.m. on July 25 at Jigwanseoga, located on the 1F of UNIST Library.
A master class is scheduled to be held at Kyungdong Hall on 4F of the Main Administration Building of UNIST from July 26 to 27, 2023. It is open to the public and will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions on July 26 from 9:30 to 6:45 and morning sessions only on July 27, 2023. A total of 27 students will participate in this enriching experience, including 22 students from UNIST, KAIST, POSTECH, and GIST, along with 5 talented students from the School of Music within the College of Arts at University of Ulsan. During the master class sessions, these aspiring musicians will have the opportunity to showcase their skills through performances. Collaboration between student participants and professional performers will form ten exceptional teams who will melodiously render classical masterpieces by renowned composers, like Schubert and Schumann. The performance by these remarkable ensembles is scheduled for Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m., held at Jigwanseoga, located on the 1F of UNIST Library.
“This event aims to foster exchanges among future science and technology talents while promoting art-science-technology convergence and fostering harmony between UNIST and Ulsan,” noted Dean Jinsook Choi from the School of Liberal Arts at UNIST who hosted this festival.
Meanwhile, the UNIST Performing Arts Festival (UPAF) has been organized by the School of Liberal Arts and the Department of Design at UNIST through the support from the College of Engineering at UNIST. The UNIST Library Team has been instrumental in coordinating this spectacular cultural extravaganza.
For media inquiries or further information regarding the festival schedule, please contact UNIST Library (052-217-1405).