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 followed by a discussion with the performers and people in Houston’s Korean community who inspired it. After the program, the audience is invited to a reception and viewing of the Arts of Korea Gallery, which showcases exclusive loans of ancient Korean art alongside contemporary works from the MFAH collection.
This event is free with your paid museum admission, but it does require a free, printed ticket. General museum admission is free for MFAH Members. Your ticket includes the reception and gallery viewing. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.639.7771.