Korean Culture - Klass performing group

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Photo Caption: At Morris Arboretum on September 19, 11am-3pm, celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture with music and dance performances, food tastings, and hands-on activities. One of the Korean music groups set to perform is Klass, pictured here, a rap group who focus on a song’s melody and message for a sound more K pop than hip hop. This event is made possible by a grant from the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Interdisciplinary Arts Fund. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

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September 3, 2015 Susan Crane (215) 247-5777 x121

Morris Arboretum Hosts Culture Connection: Exploring Korean Heritage

At Morris Arboretum on September 19, 11am-3pm, celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture with music and dance performances, food tastings, and hands-on activities. Arboretum Guides will lead an exploration of the Korean plants of the Arboretum’s 92-acre botanical collection.

Enjoy Korean music performed by three University of Pennsylvania students groups: PennDure, a traditional drum ensemble; Penn Sori, an a capella group; and Klass, a rap group who focus on a song’s melody and message for a sound more K pop than hip hop. Visitors to the garden may also sample Korean food favorites from local vendors, and make an origami hanbok – a traditional Korean costume, with help from the University of Pennsylvania’s Korean Student Association.

At 12 noon, 12:30pm, 1pm and 1:30pm, Guides will lead visitors on a 45 minute tour of Morris Arboretum plants that are native to Korea. The tours will begin at the Zelkova serrata that towers over the Springhouse by the Azalea Meadow. In Korean folklore, the tough trunk of the Zelkova symbolizes a strong will and the attractive leaves symbolize politeness; these trees are known as “good spirit” trees. Pinus densiflora, the national tree of Korea, will also be on the tour. Hear stories about this tree’s spiritual and material influence on the Korean people for 5000 years. This event is made possible by a grant from the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Interdisciplinary Arts Fund. Free with admission.

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. A new permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing. The Morris Arboretum’s new Horticulture Center Complex has received Platinum Level LEED® Certification, the highest sustainability rating of the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information, visitwww.morrisarboretum.org.

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Marie M. Ingegneri

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Marketing Coordinator

100 E. Northwestern Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19118

mmercald@upenn.edu

215-247-5777, ext. 181