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”.
Classic Violin virtuoso pieces
Collaboration with the modern dancer, Flora Kim
Chopin's Nocturne transcribed for violin-piano duo
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
As part of the Berklee Global Jazz in Panama team, Seungho Jang performed in many concerts in the region, as well as in the Jazz Club of Danilo Perez, one of the most famous jazz pianists of his generation.
Upon returning from the tour, Seungho then played with professor Hey Rim Jeon of Berklee in her public radio appearance with WICN.
Kyumin Shim, who played piano during the Korean Cultural Festival last year as well as in Oasis cafe with Kiwoong Choi, performed as the pianist of the Anthony Fung quintet in the Regattar Bar in Cambridge, one of the most prestigious jazz stages in the Boston area. The group’s first CD is out and available on iTunes for purchase at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chronicles/id891285933 Congratulations!
Echae Kang, the superb violinist who graced one of the oasis cafe concerts two years ago with the Aires de Argentina group, is back in Korea impressing the audience around the lively Hong-Dae and ITaewon areas with various jazz groups.
Kiwoong Choi, the veteran drummer who became friends with Oasis Cafe audience through his multiple concerts is back in Korea after a month of walking along the Camino de Satiago in Spain. When he is not busy fending off pressure from his parents to get married, he is also playing some music!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.821.9434.
Last October, KACF co-sponsored the Korean Cultural Festival in which the Kayageum player TeRra Han graced the concert along with many musicians familiar from our recent concerts. Among the highlights, the concert featured an interesting juxtaposition of the highly experimental Paintbrush Orchestra and the footages of video art by Nam June Paik who is considered the father of the modern video art. Last May, TeRra had her own spin on Nam June Paik, playing music by the eminent classical composer Sukhi Kang of Korea in the prestigious National Modern Art Museum as well as at the Seoul National University. The concert also featured the German musician Roland Breitenfelt on electronic sound.
Sumie Kaneko, another dear musician friend of ours, spent a busy Summer week as the invited performer for the Dhaka Summer Concert in Bangladesh.
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.
The lineup has musicians from
Trumpet - Cosimo Boni
T.sax - Gregory Groover Jr.
Drums - Tiago Michelin
Piano - Jaehun Kang
Bass - Seungho Jang
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.
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)
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).
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).
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 email@example.com. 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).
According to the composer:
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.
[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]
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.
Jaehun Kang (center) is soon to head off to Julliard School Masters program.
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.
A snapshot with the head of KACF(near center), ECC programming committee members and friends from Brookline neighborhood.
KACF is presenting the third M-Concert with the distinguished Nam Pyo Suh, the Ralph E. & Eloise F. Cross Professor, Emeritus at M.I.T, and the former president of KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). The M-concert series is conceived and organized by Dr. Yoo Taek Lee of Boston University, School of Management.
The evening’s informal discussion will be largely on Professor Suh’s experience in the academia and research institutions both in the US and in Korea and his personal views on education.
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.
On March 22, a concert by Hwaum Boston Chamber will be held at Tufts university at 7:30. This will be a great opportunity for you and your family to enjoy. As you can see in the poster, it will be the Russian night featuring ever-popular Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 ‘Pathetique”. So please come to the concert.
KACF is co-sponsoring the Oasis Cafe which opens this year’s series with superb Berklee Jazz musicians led by Seungho Jang on Bass.
The line up has musicians from Canada, Israel, US and Korea:
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
- Con Alma
- It might as well be Spring
We had a chat with Professor David McCann of Harvard University and TeRra Han, the Kayageum player who will perform in the upcoming Gala Concert.
They talked about various aspects of Korean culture, its music, literature.
A nice introduction about the representation of Korean Art in the Boston area by Jane Portal, chair of the Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa at MFA:
Our friends at Hawum Chamber Orchestra is giving a concert on Oct 6.
KACF is co-sponsoring the Korean Cultural Festival in town. The Korean church of Boston (KCB) has been hosting the Festival annually some years ago. After a hiatus, it is reboot celebrating the special occasion of the 60th Anniversary of KCB. Free and tasty Korean food will be on offer beginning at 6 PM, and the main concert starts at 7 PM at KCB, 32 Harvard Street, Brookline.