K A C FKorean American Cultural Foundation of Greater Boston

Blessed Lament 2014
Lectures and Original Music based on Korean 'Han'

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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.

Jae Hyeok Jang, composer

Stage I Heavenly Peace
I. 1+2=3
II. 1+3=4
III. 2+3=5
IV. Lullaby
Stage II Longing
Stage III Nocturne for a Whispering Violin
Stage IV Bird, Bird Bluebird
Stage V Echo
Stage VI Blessed Lament

(Commissioned by KACF)
Sing Along Arirang

All original music presented below are copyrighted by Jae Hyeok Jang.

Heavenly Peace


Nocturne for a Whispering Violin

Bird, Bird Bluebird


Blessed Lament - World Premiere

Arirang - with Audience

Lectures on Korean Han and Music
in Preparation

About the Composer

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Jae Hyeok Jang 장재혁

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.

About the Performers

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Jisun Oh 오지선

Flutist Jisun Oh, the recent winner of the Boston Pops concerto competition, will be making her Symphony Hall debut this spring. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Renee Krimsier. While studying with Julie Ranti of Toronto Symphony, she attended the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of the Music.
Winner of the 32nd James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, she has been winner of other numerous competitions such as the 2012 Alexander & Buono International Competition,The Kiwanis Music Festival, Ontario Provincial Music Festival, as well as The National Music Festival of Canada.
She has been featured as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy Symphony Orchestra (Royal Conservatory of Music) as their concerto competition winner.
As an active performer, Jisun regularly attends and performs at The Banff Center, Orford Centre d'Arts and Le Domaine Forget. She has worked with acclaimed artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Robert Langevin, Carol Wincenc, Jeffrey Khaner, Mattieu Dufour, Susan Milan and Tara O’Connor.

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Youmi Cho 조유미

Soprano Youmi Cho, a winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, debuted at The Metropolitan Opera as Azema in Rossini’s Semiramide where she was enthusiastically praised by The New York Times as “one of the most beloved voices”.
Ms. Cho has performed in numerous opera including the title roles in Manon Lescaut, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Lakme, as well as Nanetta in Falstaff, Mimi in La boheme, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and Pamina in The Magic Flute. Her career has taken her to America’s major opera houses in St. Louis, Houston, Washington, and Chicago. Her European engagements have included venues in Poland, Greece, and Italy. Also an active concert singer, she has sung Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center, as well as both the Mozart and Faure Requiems, and Haydn’s Creation. She has given recitals, and performed in concerts with orchestras in Korea, Europe and America.
Born in Korea, in her early career Ms. Cho won major competitions, and performed with orchestras, noted for her “breathtaking voice”, and as “an artist that will be watched”. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Ewha Woman’s University in Korea, she moved to Boston to continue her vocal studies at New England Conservatory where she received her Master of Music and Artist Diploma.

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Jinwook Park 박진욱

Conductor and violinist Jinwook Park has performed both as a violin soloist, and as a member of numerous orchestras in Korea and the United States. An active chamber musician, in 1994 he was invited by the Jamaican government to perform a recital in Kingston. Also an accomplished violin teacher, he served as a teaching assistant at the Aspen Music Festival under Kurt Sassmannshaus, a noted violin pedagogue at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Park is an active conductor in the Boston area, noted for his enthusiastic and nuanced performances. He is the founder and Music Director of Haffner Sinfonietta, the Music Director of Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra, and the Conductor of Boston Korean Chorus. Created in 2008, he envisioned Haffner Sinfonietta as a way to transform the classical music tradition into an educational experience accessible to all. A passionate advocate of cultural exchange, his work with Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra and Boston Korean Chorus allow him to bridge Korean and American communities.
Mr. Park received his Bachelor of Music from Busan National University, moving to Boston to pursue his Master of Music at The Boston Conservatory as a full scholarship student of David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also studied at Boston University, working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance.

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Eunae Koh 고은애

Violinist Eunae Koh was born in South Korea and received her early training from Bonjiu Koo at Pre-college of Korean National University. Koh entered Yewon School at the top of Violin Class and attended Seoul Arts high school where she studied with Sunny Lee. After graduation as the top student of the school, she studied with violinist Young Uck Kim at Seoul National University where she graduated as valedictorian. Koh participated in the Summit Music Festival, TIMF Academy, and Young Uck Kim Summer Music Academy. Currently, she is studying with Donald Weilerstein at New England Conservatory for a master’s degree.
Koh won numerous competitions in South Korea; grand prize at Sungjung Music Competition (2005) and first prize at Ewha & Kyunghyang Competition (2004), Korean Chamber Ensemble’s Competition, and Joong-Ang Music Competition (2009). In addition to Korean national competitions, she was awarded Seongyong Park Special prize at Isang yun International violin Competition (2011). A recipient of SNU Development Fund Scholarship, Koh also won an award from Yewon School & Seoul Arts high school for outstanding performance.
At the age of 13, the violinist gave her first recital at Kumho Art Hall. Since then, she appeared in Young Artists Concert, Tongyoung Academy Concert, Spirit of SNU String, and Korean folk music & Contemporary music concert. In 2012, she was invited for solo recital at Kumho Art Hall. She performed with Yewon Orchestra, SungJung Philharmonic Orchestra, USP Chamber Orchestra, SNU Philharmonic Orchestra, M4one Chamber Ensemble, and SNU Symphony Orchestra.  
Besides her own works, Koh is passionate about orchestral engagements. She served as a concertmaster of Seoul Arts High School Orchestra, SNU Philharmonic Orchestra, SNU Symphony Orchestra, and NEC Philharmonia. Currently, she serves as an assistant concertmaster of Boston Civic Symphony.

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Yoengsin Kim 김용신
Mezzo Soprano

Yoengsin Kim is classically trained vocal artist from South Korea. She studied at Jung-ang University. After graduating, she continued her study at Longy School of Music of Bard College for Master of Music. Currently she is a GPD candidate at the same school. She is a High-Mezzo Soprano with a wide vocal range, and appeared in La Clamenza di Tito as Setus, in Le Nozze if Figaro as Cherubino, as well as in The Magic Flute and Il Matrimonio segreto.

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Eun Hee Seok 석은희

Pianist Eun Hee Seok has made numerous appearances in solo recitals and accompanied performance with chorus and chamber groups throughout her career.
Ms. Seok was winner at several concerto competitions as well as solo competitions and participated in numerous festivals and master classes in Korea, Spain and U.S. She earned a Graduate Professional Diploma from the University of Hartford, a Master of Music from New England Conservatory and Doctor of Musical Arts at the Boston University.
As a collaborating artist, Ms. Seok has served as a church accompanist since at the age of ten and has shown brilliant performance as an accompanist at the Daegu Opera Corporation, the Boas Chorus, Kyungpook Art High School Chorus, and The 2nd Corp Army Church Chorus. Ms. Seok was selected as an appointed accompanist at the Voice Department in University of Hartford. She participated in a commercial recording titled “Korean Lyric Songs”. Currently Ms. Seok is a conductor of Korean Hope Church of Boston choir and an accompanist of the Boston Korean Chorus.

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