On Friday, October 25, the University of St. Francis’ (USF) Music and Performing Arts Department will be holding an event titled “enhakē.” Combining piano, clarinet, violin and cello, enhakē brings a new and fresh perspective to music from many periods and styles both on stage and in their many recordings.
While most of the concerts held at the University of St. Francis are performed by the Joliet community and the university’s students (Schola Cantorum, Claritas Master Chorale, Swingin’ Saints, Joliet Symphony Orchestra, etc.), this event will be performed by the music ensemble named enhakē. According to www.enhakē.com, the term itself is a noun that means “sound or call” in Seminole (Creek). The website also states, “enhakē has been praised for its ‘playing of the very highest caliber’ (Fanfare) and ‘keen instinct for exciting programmes.’”
The instrumental ensemble includes Wonkak Kim (clarinet), M. Brent Williams (violin), Katherine Decker (cello) and Eun-Hee Park (piano). The style of music and their distinctive instrumentation, according to their website, “...allows them the flexibility to perform repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras in addition to the most captivating contemporary masterworks.” As a group, they have produced CDs for the MSR, Naxos and Emeritus labels, which can be heard on National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the United States, Sirius XM and public radio in Korea.
Rachel Coop, a USF student and student worker for the USF Music Department says, “As a person who plays the clarinet, I think it will be very beneficial for me to see enhakē perform. Even though the clarinet is just one part of the ensemble, it will be interesting to see how each instrument meshes together to create music that we aren’t used to hearing.”
This event will be held in the Sexton Auditorium at the University of St. Francis starting at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are required. To purchase tickets, please visit www.stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser. To learn more about enhakē, visit their website at www.enhakē.com.