What's New at KACF and around Boston

Friendly announcement for All Together Now, a multimedia event [May 27, 9 PM - Lily Pad, Cambridge]

Our friend organization, All Together Now, has confirmed its 5th installment (ATN #5) of multimedia events on Saturday, May 27 at 9pm at the Lily Pad in Cambridge! ATN is a multidisciplinary event series that makes space for women, people of color, and LGBT performers in partnership with allies; and combines performances from Boston and NYC in Boston to enhance the artistic dialogue and help artists build connections. This time, the show features a Boston-based Korean artist Poor Eliza (Jane Park) as part of the act.


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ATN #5 will be an engaging mix of music, magic, video, and performance art! Artists for ATN #5 include Jenee Halstead and Mark Lipman a performance duo of music, storytelling, and expressive movement; Zayde Buti, video and performance artist; street magician Just Felice; and emotive, rock band Poor Eliza (Jane Park). Tickets and more information about the artists can be found at alltogertherbos.com.

One major goal for this event series is to compensate artists for their work. Says Artistic Director Anna Rae, “Our society consistently devalues and underpays artists, while simultaneously relying on artists for meaning, reflection, entertainment, insight, comfort, and rich ideological and experiential spaces.” This year ATN was awarded the Live Arts Boston Grant from the Boston Foundation, which plays a critical role in “being able to support artists in creating and presenting their work.”

All Together Now, installments 6, 7, and 8 will be presented in the fall.

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Mark Lipman and Jenee Halstead have been sharing the stage for years as singing partners on each other's original music. The idea of collaborating on a project together had been floating around for a couple of years, and they're bringing it to life in a set that will combine story-telling, song, and elements of expressive movement. Together they are exploring the worlds of activism, desire, queer identity, the wounded healer and what it means to be an artists and a human in a world that want to commodify and control the human experience.

Zayde Buti is a performance artist and musician who writes, produces and performs weird art music. He also produces and performs in even weirder music videos. Zayde has performed live in venues across New England and has made street performances throughout the Boston area. 

Felice Ling: if she looks familiar, you might have seen her working on the streets of Harvard Square. Occasionally funny, often awkward, and always astonishing, she has performed in Memphis, Chicago, and Cambridge. Before she was a street performer, though, she was a magician performing in her family living room nearly every Thanksgiving for fifteen years. She's not flashy, she's not snazzy - she's Just Felice.

Poor Eliza (Jane Park) is a Boston songwriter who loves to explore themes from her Tennessee upbringing with the sounds and rhythms of alt-country and indie-rock. She has played all over the Boston area, and is excited to try new things and meet more artists! Her latest self-released title “Ghost Town” is the tale of a townie who never leaves their hometown.

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East Coast premiere of the Korean film THE WORLD OF US

Belmont World Film will screen the East Coast premiere of the Korean film THE WORLD OF US as part of the 14th Annual Family Festival on Saturday, January 14, at 3:15 PM at the Studio Cinema in Belmont, MA.

According to the organizer of the Festival, it is one of the most beautiful films ever about childhood friendship and not to be missed!

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Saturday, January 14, 3:15 PM
Studio Cinema,
 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA
Directed by Ga-eun Yoon
South Korea | 2016 | 95 min. | Korean with subtitles | Age 8+ ($9)

Sun, a 10 year-old girl from a poor family, is an outcast at school. During summer vacation she meets wealthy Jia, who moves to town to live with her grandmother because her parents are too busy to care for her. The two become best friends, but when school starts, Jia starts to hang out with the cool girls and distances herself from Sun. The two girls eventually realize they have more in common than they think. A rare vivid and delicate portrayal of the life of children. 


Tickets: $9. Purchase in advance at http://www.ticketor.com/belmontworldfilm/event/the-world-of-us-24366?treferrer=SJK

For more information visit www.belmontworldfilm.org or call 617-484-3980.
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Not so heavy a Christmas - Oasis Cafe [12.17.2016 7:30 PM ECC]

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The program will include 

The Graceful Ghost Rag for Violin and Piano by William Bolcom

Two piano pieces by Erik Satie,

Café Music (1987) for piano trio by Paul Schoenfield

Selections from the Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (1973) by Claude Bolling

and also pieces from the ever popular A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi !

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Oasis Cafe & B2B present "Musically Yours on Broadway" [11.5 Sat 7:30 PM]

This Saturday, KACF sponsors our friends at KCB and The Broadway to Boston Theater Company for 

“Musically Yours on Broadway - a Musical Talk Show” 

at 7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel at the Education & Community Center. 

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In this hilarious musical performance, Hilary Mayer, Ohkyung Kwon, Hugh Cha, and Izzy Taylor (some familiar from earlier Oasis - B2B collaborations) appear as guests in a talk show hosted by Heather Lee.  Guests share and discuss their recent performances and the actor's life as they perform popular musical numbers. This performance also features talented classical musicians Clera Ryu (piano), Soyoung Kwon (Violin), Yumi Bae (Cello), as well as Jihyung Hong (Drum). 
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Concert 휴 [hju:] in Boston [9.18.2016 7 PM]

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KACF, in collaboration with soprano Yu-Ra Lee based in Korea, is presenting Concert 휴 [hju:] in Boston.  휴 means rest, respite or repose in Korean language, and the concept behind the program is to gather classically trained musicians to perform pieces from various genres, offering a respite from hectic daily lives, both for the audience and the performers. The Sunday afternoon in Boston is usually full of concerts and other interesting events, but where else could one have musical numbers from Jekyll and Hyde and The Phantom of the Opera; a love song from wildly popular K-Drama, a Verdi aria for  Mrs. Macbeth(!) as well as Piazzolla's Libertango and the theme from Howl's moving castle, all in one sitting? Mark your (and your children's) calendar! (9.18.2016 7pm, 32 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA) 

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"All Together Now" [Lilypad, Cambridge - 6.25. 9 PM]

If you are interested in finding what contemporary artists of Korean descent are up to, here is your chance this month. 

According to the organizer of the show, "All Together Now" is a multimedia event bringing together artists from NYC and Boston, and making space for women, people of color, and LGBTQ in collaboration with allies. 

In the upcoming show at Boston (Lilypad, Cambridge - 6.25. 9 PM), it will feature three talented artists of Korean-American heritage: Hye Yun Park is a writer, actor, film producer, and comedian living in Brooklyn, NYC. Diana Oh is a musician, actor, and performance artist living in Brooklyn, NYC. Jane Park is a musician living in Boston, MA. For more details about the performers, check out their profiles. Tickets available through the FB page at  https://www.facebook.com/events/277260275942002/


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Elegy for the Fallen, Light beyond Abyss [4.30.2016 Sat 7PM - St. Paul's Church]

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A gentle reminder about our upcoming concert. It will be at the beautiful space at the St. Paul's church of Brookline, just a block away in the neighborhood. Check out the amazing performers lined up:

This is a paid concert; tickets are available online here. To find more about the concert, please check out its FB event page.

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Voice of Harmony [May 14 Sat 7:30 PM at KCB]

This is in from our friends at KCB: 

On Saturday May 14, the Korean Church of Boston will be hosting a “Voice of Harmony Concert” to benefit our sister church in need.  Previously, thanks to your help, we have been able to successfully sponsor “a benefit concert for Syrian Refugees” and “a benefit for North Korean refugees” to contribute to their aid.  We hope that this benefit concert will also be used to support our neighbors.

The concert program includes classical and jazz works by Mozart, Piazzola, Gershwin, and Strauss, spanning diverse genres for the enjoyment of many.

In addition, the impressive lineup of performers includes winners of several national and international competitions, and those actively involved in various areas of music. We look forward to their demonstration of the depth and beauty of their artistic mastery.

The first half of the concert will showcase the crossover from classical pieces such as Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante to semi-classical pieces such as Gershwin’s Summer Time.  The second half will demonstrate the beauty of jazz in Piazzola’s masterpiece the “Four Season of Buenos Aires” as well as other music performed by a piano trio an a jazz ensemble.

You may purchase the ticket on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voices-of-harmony-concert-tickets-24551621561  

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Benefit concert for the Syrian Refugees [Nov 21 Sat 7:30 PM]

Our friends at Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra is giving the benefit concert for the Syrian refugees. This Saturday at 7:30 PM at the Korean Church of Boston, 32 Harvard Street, Brookline. The program will include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Haydn’s Symphony No 44 (“Mourn”). The suggested donation of $20 will go toward the relief effort of the displaced Syrians. 

 

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KACF Gala Concert 2015 [Oct 17 Sat]

Click on the poster of the event below to visit the archive of the whole evening: 

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To view the photos from the event, click on the image below:

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Scenes from the first rehearsal of the pieces

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Village Music by Michael-Thomas Foumai

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Journey to the Beautiful Future - The Hwaum Boston Chamber's Fall Concert [10.3.2015 Sat 7:30 pm]

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The Hwaum Boston Chamber's Fall Concert presents 'Journey to the Beautiful Future’ on October 3rd, Saturday - 7:30 PM @ Granoff Music Center, Tufts University.
 
The program includes the very popular Dvorak’s New World Symphony and Sibelius' Violin Concerto (Violin: Eunae Kim).  The ticket is $30 per person. Further inquiries, please contact  sooihnee@comcast.net

Here is the message from the president of the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra:

Dearest Friends,
I’m so excited to welcome you all to what promises to be a memorable night.
As you may know, this year marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence and the division between North and South Korea.
With hopes and wishes of being peacefully united once again, the Hwaum Boston Orchestra has been performing a series of concerts throughout the year called the “Peninsular of Korea 2015.” It began with the concert “We Overcome” with the talented and blind pianist Ms. Noh, followed by the “Peace Concert” with the Boston Korean Chorus. Tonight, we’ll be closing out our grand series with our concert “Journey to the Beautiful Future.”  
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Musical Ladies - an Evening of Songs from Favorite Musicals [June 20, 7 PM]

Broadway to Boston Theater Company (B2B, Heather Lee, director), a group of musical chanteuses and local musicians, presents “Musical Ladies” on June 20th, Sat. (7 PM) at the Children’s Chapel in ECC of The Korean Church of Boston (KCB). B2B is donating their talent for this concert, a part of the on-going Oasis Café Music Night series by the domestic mission committee of the KCB. Oasis cafe aims to enrich cultural life of people in the community and provide performance opportunities for young up-and-coming artists. In this concert, Jina Jung, Ian DePriest and Heather Lee will present songs from popular musicals both old and new with Kyumin Shim, a Berklee-NEC jazz pianist, on the piano. The program is directed by Heather Lee (stage) and Robin Cho (music). The concert is free (suggested donation of $10). It is sponsored by KCB and the Korean American Cultural Foundation of Greater Boston (KACF). 

Jina Jung has a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory. She appeared in the musical “Jesus Christ Super Star (Maria)”, “Beauty and the Beast, Swing" (Bell, Barbette) as well as highlight shows of “The Phantom of the Opera (Christine)", "Grease, (Sandy)” among others. She also performed as a member of KBS broadcasting. She won a Korean National Drama Award for Best New Actress. She is currently the director of Boston Korean Musical Singers and performs at the community & church concerts. 

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Heather Lee is the director of the Broadway to Boston (B2B) Theater Company. She directed Blessed and Joyful Night and Broadway to Hollywood with B2B. She also performed in The King and I as Mrs. Anna (B2B, MA), West Side Story as Rosalia (B2B, MA), Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton & Velma Kelly (B2B, MA), Ruth: The Musical as Naomi (KCB), K-Pop Night (KCB) and participated in Hair as the vocal coach (The Longwood Players, MA), as well as in Cinderella, Snow White: The Musical, and Pippin as the music director. She took on various roles in other concerts: The Yodler as the director (the Alpin Rose Yodel Club, Korea), Harvard International Night, Harvard Commencement Concert, Harvard annual Christmas Concert, Handel Society Annual Concerts, Haydn Society Annual Concerts, Annual Summer Concert Series of the Alpin Rose as a member of performers. She has a ScD in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Ian DePriest is a recent Berklee graduate with a B.M. in Professional Music and a focus on songwriting and performance. Past credits include Cabaret (The Emcee), Legally Blonde (Padamadan), and Spring Awakening (Adult Men). He is so excited to be back again this summer and thanks everyone for coming to support this group of people. Enjoy the show!

Born in Seoul, Korea, Kyumin Shim began to play the piano at age 9. His early focus was on classical music, but soon he started playing jazz, winning a prize in the Jazz Music Competition by Seoul Institute of The Arts (SITA), one of the best music schools in Korea.The following year, SITA admitted him with a full scholarship. Since 2009, he has studied at Berklee college of music on a scholarship, where he worked with Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, and Alain Mallet. After graduating from Berklee, he moved on to New England Conservatory where he obtained the Master of Music degree, studying with Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst. Over the years, he has performed widely both as a soloist and as pianist of various ensembles. He performed at festivals such as the Newport Jazz festival(10), Club Rex in Toronto, Montreal Jazz Festival(11’, 13’), and the Jazz Festival at Martha’s vineyard while actively appearing in local venues such as Wally’s jazz cafe, Regatta bar, Lily pad in Boston and Smalls jazz club, Shapeshifter lab, Jazz Gallery in New York. His collaborators include Dave Liebman, Jeff Galindo and Miguel Zenon among others. 

Jieun Jang was born in Seoul, Korea. She earned her B.F.A in painting from Hongik University in Korea in 2007, and received her M.F.A in studio art from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2015. Jang has worked in drawing, sculptural installation, and video. She has participated in volunteer projects at nonprofit organizations around the world, including cultural exchange, relief work at refugee camps, and making a documentary film about women and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her volunteer work has inspired her to explore the potential social impact of her work. 
 
For inquiries, contact 617-739-2663.
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Concert for Peace - Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra and Boston Korean Choir

Our friends at the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra and Boston Korean Chorus are joining forces for the Concert for Peace in May 16th (Sat) 7:30 PM. The program will include the Mass in G by Schubert, Arirang (based on the popular Korean folk melody), as well as pieces to commemorate the victims of the Sewol Ferry incident from last year. The concert will be held at the Saint John’s Methodist Church, 2600 Mass Av. Lexington. Admission is free.

 

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Scenes from Our Annual Concert Nov 15, 2014

As part of our fundraiser, we had superb classical music performance by Eunae Koh, violin, and Jee Hae Ahn on piano. Eunae also collaborated with a young dancer, Flora Kim, performing a piece set to the original music of the composer Jae Hyeok Jang, who also gave an interesting concert for KACF last Spring on the theme of Korean “Han”. 

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Collaboration with the modern dancer, Flora Kim

 

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Hwaum Boston Chamber Concert [March 21 Sat. 7:30PM]

KACF co-sponsors the Spring Concert by Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra. The program features the Overture to Der Freishutz, Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 and Grieg’s Piano concerto. (Yoo Jin Noh, pianist) Mark your calendar 3.21 (Sat) 7:30 PM at Granoff Music Center, Tufts University. 

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KACF co-sponsors the tribute concert for Dongjun Yun, the famous Korean Poet

This event is now scheduled for [Mar 21 Sat 7:30 PM] 

The concert is to be held at ECC Children’s chapel at the Korean Church of Boston, 32 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA.

Free admission.

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For more information about the performers and previous concerts, visit the organizer’s web site at http://www.snowingmap.com.

For information about Dong-ju Yun, one of the most beloved poets in Korea, here is the Wiki entry about his brief life. 

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죽는 날까지 하늘을 우러러 한 점 부끄럼 없기를

잎새에 나는 바람에도 나는 괴로와 했다

별을 노래하는 마음으로 모든 죽어가는 것을 사랑해야지

그리고 나에게 주어진 길을 걸어가야겠다

오늘 밤에도 별이 바람에 스치운다

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Till my last, to suffer not a blot of shame on looking up at heaven,

My heart has been tormented by mere rustlings of the leaves.

In a spirit of chanting stars, I shall love all the moribund lives.

Then, let me walk on my path given.

The wind whisks by stars as ever on this even.

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a Teaser for the KACF Evening of Dance and Music [11.15.Sat 5PM]

On November 15th Saturday at 5 PM, KACF will have a concert of dance and chamber music. Here are the superb classical musicians Eunae Koh (v) and JeeHae Ahn (p) rehearsing some of the pieces they will perform. 

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An evening of Klezmer music

KACF is co-sponsoring an evening of klezmer music, Saturday, October 25, 7:00 to 8:30. The band will be Too Klez for Comfort which includes Mike Neufeld, sax, Lisa Geller, bass and vocals, Steve Rauch, clarinet, Isaac Gibbons, drums (not Jay Rauch as shown), Phil Brown, keyboard, John Bassett, cornet, and Tom Rubenoff, trombone. Admission is free.  There will be refreshments. And there will be dancing! For more information: www.koreancultureboston.org.

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First concert of Hwaum Chamber Orchestra Season 2014-2015

Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra (Jinwook Park, music director - www.hwaumboston.org ) has its first concert of the 2014-15 season at the First Church in Cambridge. (9.27. Sat. 7:30 PM; 20$/ticket, Students Free) The program includes pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Janacek, Schoenberg and Respighi. 

Hwaum was founded in 2013 to help and sponsor young musicians and enrich our cultural life through classical music concerts. Each season, Hwaum gives two regular concerts as well as the chamber music series and various charity concerts. In the last season, they included concerts for the North Korean Refugees,  Blessed Lament (for KACF), and the memorial concert for the victims of Seweol accident.

In coming months, it will also perform in Rhode Island (10.5), as part of the 250th anniversary of Brown University festivities. For tickets and other information, contact sooihnee@comcast.net or 978.821.9434. 

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Oasis Cafe with Seungho Jang Quintet

KACF is co-sponsoring the upcoming Oasis Cafe concert with superb Berklee Jazz musicians led by Seungho Jang. The quintet will try to cool the temperature with some cool jazz.  

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T.sax - Gregory Groover Jr.

Drums - Tiago Michelin 

Piano - Jaehun Kang

Bass - Seungho Jang

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Scenes from rehearsal for "Broadway to Hollywood"

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Broadway to Hollywood - an Evening of Musical Numbers from The King and I, West Side Story and Chicago

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KACF is co-sponsoring the upcoming concert titled “Broadway to Hollywood”, an evening of musical numbers from such favorite musical-films as The King and I, West Side Story and Chicago.

The newly formed group “Broadway to Boston Theater Company” (B2B - Heather Lee, leader; Robin Cho, music director) is composed of veteran musical performers and musicians in the Boston area with Korean roots, and aims to further enrich the music culture for the community audience while creating various performance opportunities for the budding musical talents. In their inaugural concert, hosted by ECC Oasis Cafe and co-sponsored by KACF, the program is built around segments of three beloved musicals from the past and the recent: The King and I, West Side Story and Chicago. The evening promises to be a delightful sampling of exciting and beautiful moments from these classics. The casts include veteran and budding musical talents backed by the superb band of Berklee musicians. The concert is free for seniors and children. Donation of 10$ or more for regular admission would be great and help us support musicians.

The following are the bios of the cast:

Gina Chung has a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory. She appeared in the musical “Jesus Christ Super Star (Maria)”, “Beauty and the Beast, Swing" (Bell, Barbette) as well as highlight shows of “The Phantom of the Opera (Christine)", "Grease, (Sandy)” among others. She also performed as a member of KBS broadcasting. She won a Korean National Drama Award for Best New Actress. She is currently the director of Boston Korean Musical Singers. 


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Hugh Cha appeared in Off Broadway shows such as Bronze Mirror(Fang Hou/Second Master) and Chalk Circle(Guard). He lso performed  in The King and I as Lun Tha (Lyric Theatre of OK), Anything Goes-Luke (North Shore Music Theatre, MA), Proper Place-Tomsett/Tiger (Goodspeed Opera House, CT), Archives & Etchings(Principle Dancer), Miss Saigon(Thuy) in various parts of the US; Film Credits include A Story of the Woods(Lead, Rochester Film Festival Shoestring Trophy), Love Me Tango. He also performed as dancer in Ground Hounds Breakdance Crew, Kinnect Modern Dance Company, ROC Multicultural Dance Group; MFA, Boston Conservatory, BFA, Brigham Young University. (www.hughcha.com) 

 

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Heather Lee performed in Ruth The Musical as Naomi (KCB), K-Pop Night(KCB) and participated in Hair as the vocal coach (The Longwood Players, MA), as well as in Cinderella, Snow White The Musical, and Pipin as the director. She took on various roles in other concerts: The Yodler as director (the Alpin Rose Yodel Club, Korea), Harvard International Night, Harvard Commencement Concert, Harvard annual Christmas Concert, Handel Society Annual Concerts, Haydn Society Annual Concerts, Annual Summer Concert Series of the Alpin Rose as a member of performers. She has a ScD in School of Public Health from Harvard University.

Ian DePriest majors in theater performance at Berklee College of Music. Past credits include Legally Blonde (Padamadan),Hair (Ensemble), and Into The Woods (Cinderella's Prince).  

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Robin Cho (Music Director) is a composer and pianist from Berklee College of Music and has been actively playing in the field of dance and theater. She composed the music for "Ruth: The Musical". She joined the B2BTC as the music director. 

Martha Simmons (Choreographer) is a native Texan who just recently graduated from The Boston Conservatory with an MFA in Musical Theater. Some of her favorite roles include: Miss Dorothy (Millie), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Scotty (Merrily We Roll Along), and Tammy (Hairspray!). She has performed at TMEA, TETA, been a recording vocalist for Stemscope Music Educational Records, and been in three small films; Sub-Normal, El Nino, and Quitting Time. On top of performing she is also a choreographer and has choreographed many things in the Dallas & Central Texas area as well as assisted with shows at The Boston Conservatory including Hair and Elegies. While attending Boston Conservatory she has also worked for her church here in Boston, City on a Hill Church, helping lead worship.

The members of the band are Chungsung Ethan Kim (Piano), Lydia Yu-Lin Wang (Violin), Seungho Jang (Bass).

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Memorial Concert for the Victims of Seweol Ferry Accident

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'Blessed Lament' - an evening of talks and original music on the Korean Han [April 26 Sat 7:30 PM]

This coming Saturday on April 26, Korean American Cultural Foundation presents “Blessed Lament : Talks and Original Music inspired by Korean Han (Bitter Sorrow)"

 

Suggested donation 10$ at the door; Students/Seniors free. For reservation, contact KACF at info@koreancultureboston.org. Light snack and drinks provided during intermission.

The program features original music composed by Jae Hyeok Jang accompanied by his lecture and include the following:
Lecture about Han and My Music (Jae Hyeok Jang, composer)"Heavenly Peace"  for flute and piano“Longing I, II” for soprano and piano"Bird, Bird Bluebird” for violin solo"Nocturne for a Whispering Violin”, violin“Echo” for voice and piano"Blessed Lament”  for flute, violin and piano. The last piece was commissioned by KACF. 

Performers are Jae Hyeok Jang (composer & piano)Jin Wook Park (violin) - Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra, conductorYoumi Cho (soprano)Jisun Oh (flute)Yoengsin Kim (mezzo), Eunae Koh (violin) and Eun Hee Seok (piano).

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The sentiment of “han” is precious to Koreans. Han contains love and pain, joy and sorrow, and longing; there is spirituality in han. I believe that the sentiment of han can be sublimated into a life of hope, beyond the lament. If han lets one meet God and come to know His providence and guidance, then it is a blessing. To know God’s providence means that a life of pain and despair changes into a life of blessing and hope. This is what I understand to be the sentiment of han. I am pleased to be able to introduce han as a blessing through my music at this concert. Various ensembles will portray the sentiments of violent anger, understanding and acknowledgement, longing and hope, and blessing. As a contemporary classical composer and a church musician, I am happy to share the sentiment of han with the audience and to teach about traditional Korean music such as shijo-chang.

Dr. Jae Hyeok Jang is a Korean-born composer who has deep roots in the eastern culture and composes music in the spirit and image of Korea. He uses the Korean emotions, based particularly on han or “bitter sorrow”. He continually explores ways to express han in various musical contexts and styles using contemporary musical vocabularies.Jang studied composition at Keimyung University (B.A.), Manhattan School of Music (M.M.), and Boston University (D.M.A.), and has finished master’s program in conducting at Boston University. He studied composition with Lukas Foss, Samuel Headrick, Marjorie Merryman, Nils Viegeland, and Aaron Jay Kernis; and studied at Mozarteum Summer Academy, IRCAM, Conservatoire Americain Fontainebleau, and Acanthes Avignon Music Festival with Helmut Lachenmann, Sofia Gubaidulina, Kaaja Saariaho, Marco Stroppa, and Samuel Adler. Jang has written commissioned works for Boston University Tanglewood Music Institute, Da-ism International Contemporary Music Festival, Boston Korean-American Cultural Foundation and Parkway Concert Orchestra. His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and America including CMS (College Music Society) conferences. His music was premiered on Korean Broadcasting Systems (KBS), and he received the Best Contemporary Piece for Performance Award at Conservatoire Americain Fontainebleau in France. Most recently, he gave a lecture about Sijo-chang and his compositions at Contemporary Composition Conference at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland.Jang studied both orchestral and choral conducting, has conducted Moody Oratorio Chorus & Chamber Orchestra, Romania Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Fontainebleau String Ensemble and New England Korean Church Festival Choir & Orchestra, and directed Exeter Symphonia Orchestra, Choir at Korean Presbyterian Church in Greater Boston, Boston Korean Chorus and Chicago Little OL Korea Arts Foundation. Jang taught at Boston University and Phillips Exeter Academy, and currently teaches at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago as an assistant professor and the coordinator of composition program.

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Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra "Russian Music Night"

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[Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra (Jinwook Park, conductor) and the pianist JeeHae Ahn, playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No 2 @ Granoff Music Center, Tufts University.]

The following is an excerpts from the local press reporting on the concert: [go to  the original article]

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또 하나의 아름다운 음악회가 창조됐다. 화음 보스톤 챔버의 ’봄 음악회2014’ 이다. 지난 22일 Tufts대 Granoff  Music Center에서 열린 봄 음악회는 특별히 여러 분야의 분들로부터, 또 음악회의 여러 면에 대해 많은 찬사를 받은 Spring Concert 였다. 이번 음악회를 책임 진 화음 보스톤의 대표 입장에서 볼 때 우리 한인오케스트라 ‘화음 보스톤’의 젊은 연주자들이 너무나 자랑스러웠고 기획자로써도 보람 있는 값진 음악회였다. 박진욱 음악감독의 음악적 역량과 열정을 다시 한 번 확인하는 훌륭한 연주였고, 피아니스트 안지혜 씨(변화경교수 사사)의 라흐마니노프  피아노 Concerto No.2연주는 최상의 수준이었기에 모든 관객이 숨죽이며 감상한 멋진 봄 음악회였다. 경쾌하고 생동감 있는, 모짜르트의 ‘피가로의 결혼’서곡으로 이쁘게 시작된 음악회는, 곧이어 모든 음악애호가에게 사랑 받는 차이코프스키의 ‘비창’과 라흐마니노프의 피아노콘체르토 No.2 , 두 대곡을 한자리에서 감상할 수 있는 좋은 기회였다. 너무도 잘 알려진 곡들이지만 오디오로 들을 때와는 비교할 수 없는, 너무도 생생해서 그 섬세한 색채와 화음이 눈에 보이는 듯 세세하고 민감한, 아름다운 부분들이 오감을 통해 직접적으로 느껴져서, live로 들을 때에 visual또한 그 음악의 진수를 맛보는데 큰 도움이 된다는 것을, 나 자신이 사랑하는 이 곡들을 들으며 보며 새삼 느꼈다.  한마디로 대곡의 진가를 마음껏 음미할 수 있는 훌륭한 음악회였다. 연주자들도 리허설을 하면서 이 음악들을 진심으로 enjoy 하며 열심으로 연습했다는 얘길 들었기 때문에, 관객과 연주자가 하나되는 기쁨이 있어 참으로 보람이 있었다. 또한 음악회정보를 달라고 전화해주신 많은 분들과 여러 얘기를 직접 나누며 교류할 수 있었던 것도 좋은 경험이었다. 구순을 바라보는 한 어르신과는, 차이코프스키와 라흐마니노프의 레퍼토리에 대해, 또 음악을 사랑한 일생에 대해 얘기를 나누며 친분을 나누었고, 한국 입양아를 둔 미국가정과 국제결혼을 하신 분, 음악공부를 하는 자녀를 둔 한인 분들 등 많은 사람들과 여러 가지 이야기를 나누면서 한인오케스트라에 대한 자부심과 기대를 나누는 기회가 되기도 했다. 한 러시안 관객은 큰 감동으로 음악을 들었다면서, 러시안 커뮤니티에 ‘Russian Night Concert’ 광고가 전달되지 않은 것을 몹시 아쉬워했다. 그 관객은 화음 보스톤의 높은 수준에 감탄을 연발했고, 앞으로 화음 보스톤의 활동을 더 넓게 알리자고 용기를 북돋아주기도 했다.
화음보스톤의 창단취지대로 이 지역의 뛰어난 재능을 가진 한인음악가들에겐 좋은 연주 기회를 주어 밀어주고,  Korean으로서의 자부심을 갖게 해주는 수준 높은 음악회로 한인사회에 문화적 기여가 이루어지는 역할을 해나가는 한인오케스트라가 될 것을 다짐해본다.  화음 보스톤 챔버는 한 해 두 번의 정기연주회와 세 번의 화음 챔버 앙상블 연주, 병원 방문 연주, 또 ‘집으로 찾아온 클래식 음악회 house concert’등으로 다양하게 일 년 기획을 준비하고 있다. 화음 보스톤 챔버는 우리가 사는 보스톤 지역 전문 음악인들로 구성돼 있다. 아름답게 성장해 나갈 수 있도록 많이 많이 성원해 주시고 기대해 주시고 또 지켜봐 주시기 바란다. 다음 연주는 5월에 화음 챔버 앙상블로 추진되고 있다. www.hwaumboston.org  (장수인 화음보스톤 대표) 
The concert was co-sponsored by KACF.
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Scenes from Seungho Jang Quintet Concert

I remember you

The quintet whose members included two Koreans, two Israelis, and an American, presented five Jazz standards. After the concert, the musicians, audience mingled and shared food provided by our friends at ECC.

 

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Jaehun Kang (center) is soon to head off to Julliard School Masters program.

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Our friend Kiwoong Choi (who has led a series of Summer Jazz concerts for us last year as well as other concerts) with his brand new camera.

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A snapshot with the head of KACF(near center), ECC programming committee members and friends from Brookline neighborhood. 

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It will be held in the Children's Chapel of ECC at KCB (32 Harvard Street, Brookline) at 5:30 PM Sunday. For inquiry, please contact Professor Lee

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Hwaum Boston Chamber

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Poster

The line up has musicians from Canada, Israel, US and Korea:

Guitar-Andrew Marzotto
T.sax- Gregory Groover Jr.Drum- Noam Israeli Piano-Jaehun KangBass- Seungho Jang
They are members of Berklee Global Jazz Institute Orange Group Ensemble

The program will include the following Jazz standards:
- I remember you - I'll remember April 
- Granada
- Con Alma 
- It might as well be Spring

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They talked about various aspects of Korean culture, its music, literature. 

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Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra charity concert poster  Donation to KSNE Oct 6th 2013

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Poster sonnet

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36x48 KCB Poster

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