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WHAT: HGOco presents its production of “From My Mother’s Mother” at the Houston Public Library. This new chamber opera follows the passing down and rejection of a tradition through four generations of Korean American women. The community is invited to enjoy this production in English. The event is free and open to the public. For more details visit or call 832-393-1313.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 7, 2010 at 6 PM

WHERE: Julia Ideson Building’s Auditorium, 550 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1662

ABOUT: “From My Mother’s Mother” Presentation
Music by Jeeyoung Kim and Libretto by Janine Joseph

A hot bowl of seaweed soup—also known as birthday soup—is traditionally prepared for new Korean mothers for 21 days to aid in their recovery. The new chamber opera “From My Mother’s Mother” follows the passing down and rejection of this tradition through four generations of Korean American women.

“From My Mother’s Mother” is part of HGOco’s Song of Houston: East + West series of new chamber operas celebrating Houston as a crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures. For the music HGOco engaged New York-based, Korean American composer Jeeyoung Kim, and for the libretto Janine Joseph, a doctoral candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Houston.

The performance lasts about 30 minutes and is complemented by a brief presentation with the performers and people in Houston’s Korean community who inspired it.

About the Houston Public LibraryThe Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library, located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials, and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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