~ 2023 ~
Beyond Borders: An American Composer's Korean Music Diary
Friday, June 16th, 7:30pm
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA
The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Boston
for celebration of the 70th ROK-U.S. Alliance
Hwangjonggung (황종궁) Korean Court Music
flute, violin, cello, haegeum, gayageum,
ajaeng, janggu with five Dancers
Sonata for Two Violins in e minor, Op. 3, No. 5
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Sooyun Kim, flute; Jae Cosmos Lee, violin
Haegum Solo (지영희류 해금산조 중 진양조)
Jeonghyun Kim, haegeun; Jiwon Bang, janggu
Ajaeng Solo (윤윤석류 아쟁산조 중 중모리, 중중모리)
Yoona Kim, ajaeng; Ji-won Bang, janggu
Sonata for Violin and Cello Maurice Ravel (1875-1837)
Jae Cosmos Lee, violin; Jacques Wood, cello
Gayageum Solo (최옥삼류 가야금산조 중 자진모리, 휘모리)
Hyun Chae Kim, gayageum; Jiwon Bang, janggu
Seongeum (성음) for Solo Violin Richard Carrick (1971-)
Jae Cosmos Lee, violin; 5 Dancers
Janggu Solo (설장고) Jiwon Bang, janggu
Sandstone(s) (사암) Richard Carrick (1971-) flute, violin, cello, haegeum, gayageum, ajaeng with five Dancer
Richard Carrick, conductor
Korean and American Folk Songs arr. by Richard Carrick
flute, violin, cello, haegeum, gayageum,ajaeng with five Dancer
Richard Carrick, conducto
Inmo Yang Violin Recital
Sunday, August 6, 3:00pm
New England Conservatory's Williams Hall
290 Huntington St, Boston, MA
Inmo Yang, First Prize winners of 2015 Paganini Int’l Competition (the first First Prize winner since 2006) and 2022 Sibelius Int'l Competition, has a special recital with pianist Janice Lu.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor Claude Debussy
Intermède: Fantasque et léger
Finale: Très animé
Violin Sonata Leoš Janáček
Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano César Franck
Allegretto ben moderato
Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
Allegretto poco mosso
Review by the Boston Musical Intelligencer is found here.
~ 2022 ~
KCSB Spring Chamber Concert with
Musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm
BSO (Boston Symphony Orchestra) Members
Sung-Ki Kim: Gol mok gil
Lisa Ji Eun Kim violin; Daniel Getz viola; Oliver Aldort cello
Bohuslav Martinu: Three Madrigals H 313
I. Poco allegro - Poco vivo
II. Poco andante - Andante moderato
III. Allegro - Moderato
Sheila Fiekowsky violin; Daniel Getz viola
L. von Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat Major Op. 127
I. Maestoso – Allegro
II. Adagio, ma non troppo, e molto cantabile
III. Scherzando vivace
IV. Finale (Allegro)
Lisa Ji Eun Kim violin; Sheila Fiekowsky violin; Daniel Getz viola; Oliver Aldort cello
Arirang Together! A Celebration of Korean Art Songs
Sunday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
Granoff Music Center, Tufts University
20 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA
PART I: Songs of Yearning and Love 그리움과 사랑의 노래
(Song Title) (Composer)
산노을 Sunset on the Mountain 박판길 Pan Ghil Park
얼굴 The Face 신귀복 Gui Bok Shin
그네 The Swing 금수현 Soo Hyun Geum
가을바람 Autumn Wind 이종원 Jong Won Lee
그리움 실은 파도 The Wave with Longing 임긍수 Geung Soo Lim
첫사랑 First Love 김효근 Hyo Geun Kim
눈 Snow 김효근 Hyo Geun Kim
무곡 Dance Music 김연준 Yeon Jun Kim
그리움 Longing 이수인 Soo Ihn Lee
피아노를 위한 한국 민요 ‘닐리리’
Korean Folk Song Revisited for Piano: Nil-lili 안진 Jean Ahn
Part II: Songs of Hope and Harmony 희망과 화합의 노래
Reclamation 되찾기 (premier)
Spoken word and choreography by Kathy Eow
함께 아리랑Arirang Together (premier) Anthony De Ritis
뱃노래 Boat Song 조두남 Doo Nam Cho
내 마음의 강물 The River of My Heart 이수인 Soo Ihn Lee
산촌 Mountain Village 조두남 Doo Nam Cho
새타령 Song of Birds 조두남 Doo Nam Cho
밀양 아리랑 Miryang Arirang 진규영 Kyu Young Jin
그리운 금강산 Longing for Mt. Geumgang 최영섭 Young Sub Choi
희망의 나라로 To the Land of Hope 현제명 Je Myung Hyun
~ 2021 ~
NEW MUSIC SYMPOSIUM II
Feb. 6 - Feb. 27, Four Saturdays
Hosted by Prof. Texu Kim, four contemporary instrumentalists/composers explore their musical worlds intertwined with Korean traditional music, or Gugak.
Feb. 6 -- Jen Shyu, a groundbreaking, multilingual vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, 2019 United States Artists Fellow, 2016 Doris Duke Artist, and was voted 2017 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Female Vocalist. Her current instruments in performance include piano, violin, Taiwanese moon lute (2 strings), Chinese er hu (2 strings), Japanese biwa (4 strings), Korean gayageum (12 strings), Korean soribuk (drum), and Korean gong called "ggwaenggwari."
Feb. 13 -- Gamin, a distinguished NYC soloist, tours the world performing both traditional Korean music and cross-disciplinary collaborations. gamin plays piri (double reed Korean oboe), taepyeonso (double-reed horn), and saenghwang (mouth organ). gamin is a designated Yisuja (Senior Diplomate), official holder of Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 46 for Court and Royal Military music. She has released 5 CD's and was selected as artist-in-residency at the HERE Arts Center, NYC in 2020. Her Carnegie Hall début as featured soloist with the Nangye Gugak Orchestra of Korea, scheduled for March 27, 2020, was postponed by the covid pandemic until a later date.
Feb. 20 -- Jeeyoung Kim, who received a Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University. In 2001-2002, she was awarded the Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University, where she composed and researched Asian music and philosophy. Her music harmonizes the unique cultural aspects from Eastern and Western traditions. Her music has been critically acclaimed: “...Heroes for orchestra was an efficient and attractive calling card. The piece moved from gentle wind melodies through flowing string passages to end with rousing brass fanfares and clattering percussion,” Steve Smith, The New York Times. More critiques can be found in her website.
Feb. 27 -- Jin Hi Kim, innovative komungo virtuoso and Guggenheim Fellow composer, has performed as a soloist in her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art and around the world. She is known as a pioneer for introducing komungo (geomungo) into the American contemporary music scene and for extensive solo performances on the world’s only electric komungo with live interactive computer programs in her large-scale multimedia performance pieces.
NEW MUSIC SYMPOSIUM 2.5
Early Korean Composers in US
April 4 - May 1, Five Saturdays
April 4 - Overview: The first Korean Composers in the US
Texu Kim provides a broad overview of composers of Korean heritage in America, providing meaningful insights and contexts. The lecture will explore such composers as Earl Kim, Byong-kon Kim (김병곤), Nam June Paik (백남준), and Donald Sur (서영세).
April 10 - Hyo-Shin Na (나효신) wrote pieces for traditional Korean and Japanese as well as western instruments. In integrating western and eastern instruments, her approaches are unusual in that the integrity of sounds and ideas is intertwined and yet coexist.
She was awarded the Korean National Composers Prizes and was commissioned pieces by the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Koussevitzky Foundation, among others.
April 17 - Kay Rhie’s music is influenced by film and jazz music, European avant-gardes as well as various literary traditions. In her choral work Tears for Te Wano, a 19th-century Maori chant and a 16th-century Renaissance motet are fused while highlighting each distinct chant tradition. Her Three Miniatures for Piano uses a Korean folk tune as a descant, shrouds it in blues-infused harmony. Her music was performed by diverse groups such as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Aspen Summer Music Festival and Schools, the BBC Singers, Winsor Music, Ensemble X, among others.
April 24 - The first American Composers in Korea
Michael Sidney Timpson is a composer in virtually every medium. Many of his recent compositions are for percussion ensemble and for orchestra; he has also composed many works for Chinese and Korean instruments. He is Associate Professor of Music Composition at at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. He was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in the Humanities in Taipei, Taiwan in 2009 for research on his forthcoming book on orchestration and compositional philosophy on Chinese instruments for western composers. He has also been on the music composition and electronic music faculty at the University of South Florida, Rhodes College and the University of Kansas. Taiwanese-American composer Chihchun Chi-sun Lee received numerous honors: winner of the 1st Biennial Brandenburg Symphony Int'l Composition Competition in Germany and 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, commissions from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), National Orchestra of Korea (NOK) among others. Some of her most significant performances have included Carnegie Hall and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, and numerous orchestras and ensembles worldwide.
John Harbison (composer, professor at MIT)
David Hoose (conductor, professor emeritus at BU)
Paul Salerni, (composer/conductor, professor at LeHigh)
Kyung Kang, (concert organizer, Sejong Soloists Executive Director)
Jocelyn Clark, (가야금 player, professor at Pai Chai University)
and Scott Yoo (conductor, Mexico City Philharmonic)
KCSB Fall Concert
Rising Stars Concert
Sept. 17, Jordan Hall, NEC
NYCP (New York Classical Players) String Orchestra
Music Director: Dongmin Kim
G. Rossini Sonata for Strings No. 1 in G major
James Ra Concerto for Three Violas & Strings (Boston premiere)
II. troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries
III. singing hymns at Heaven's gate
IV. Like to the lark at break of day arising
Jordan Bak, Ramón Carrero-Martínez, En-Chi Cheng violas
J. Brahms Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102 (Arr. Yoomi Paick)
Vivace non troppo
YooJin Jang violin, Brannon Cho cello
Review in The Boston Musical Intelligencer
~ 2020 ~
NEW MUSIC SYMPOSIUM I
Oct. 10 - Nov. 14, Six Saturdays
New Music Symposium provides insights into where Western Classical music is heading and how Korean-ness (Korean identity and culture) is contributing to the transformation – all with a group of highly acclaimed guest musicians across the States.
Joo Won Park is an electronic musician and the recipient of the Knight Arts Challenge Detroit (2019) and the Kresge Arts Fellowship (2020). Dr. Park studied at Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and University of Florida (M.M. and Ph.D.) and has previously taught in Oberlin Conservatory, Temple University, Rutgers University Camden, and Community College of Philadelphia. Park is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Wayne State University.
Oct. 17: Jean Ahn
Jean Ahn’s creative output includes works ranging from solo instruments to full orchestra, as well as choral, dance and electroacoustic music. Recent Awards include 2019 Isadora Duncan Award for her collaborative work “Saltdoll” and being the finalist for League of American Orchestras Competition. Jean finished her B.A. and M.M. at Seoul National University and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, where she currently teaches. She is also the director for Ensemble ARI, which has shaped her ensemble writing tremendously.
Pianist Jihye Chang has featured a strong commitment to new music throughout her performing career. Recently, Chang premiered the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Robert L. Aldridge at the Brevard Music Festival. Chang is currently in the midst of a multi-year solo project entitled “Continuum 88,” an exploration of the solo piano literature in collaboration with living composers, which she presented in multiple venues across the states, South Korea, and Taiwan. SMs. Chang is on the piano faculty of the Brevard Music Center and is a lecturer at Florida State University, and she holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Seoul National University.
Composer Donald Reid Womack’s voice blurs cultural and aesthetic boundaries. His rhythmically charged music inhabits a space between worlds, frequently drawing on musical traditions of East Asia and the West in ways that belong partly to both but fully to neither. Widely recognized as a leader in intercultural composition, he often integrates Asian and western instruments, and his output includes several concertos for Korean (click) and Japanese instruments, as well as many chamber works for Asian and western instruments. Professor of composition at the University of Hawaii since 1994, he also serves on the faculties of both the Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Korean Studies.
Yoon-Ji Lee is a Korean composer based in Boston and New York. Lee’s chamber and electronic music have been performed by ensembles including JACK Quartet, Argento Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, and many others, and at conference such as the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, and New Music Miami ISCM Festival. L\Lee earned her PhD in composition at NYU and did her Masters at New England Conservatory. Lee is Currently Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music.
Juri Seo is a composer and pianist based in Princeton, New Jersey. She seeks to write music that encompasses extreme contrast through compositions that are unified and fluid, yet complex. She merges many of the fascinating aspects of music from the past century—in particular its expanded timbral palette and unorthodox approach to structure—with a deep love of functional tonality, counterpoint, and classical form. With its fast-changing tempi and dynamics, her music explores the serious and the humorous, the lyrical and the violent, the tranquil and the obsessive. She holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and also attended Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Seoul's Yonsei University. She is Associate Professor of Music at Princeton University.
~ 2019 ~
KCSB Spring Concert - Jazz & Gugak: Mixin' It Up
March 30, 3:00 PM
Eliot Church, Newton, MA
Hankus Netsky piano
Do Yeon Kim gayageum
A concert of Jewish music, Jazz, newly arranged Korean traditional folk songs, and new music by Prof. Hankus Netsky and Do Yeon Kim.
New Shiftatelli - Hankus Netsky
Round Midnite – Thelonious Monk
Ad Lib on Nippon – Duke Ellington
Improvisation – Do Yeon Kim
Ma Yedidus – Trad. Bostoner Hassidic
Give Me Back My Heart – Herman Yablokoff
Lullaby of Birdland – George Shearing
Sonitshke – Joseph Rumshinsky
Duo Improvisation on Korean Themes – Do Yeon Kim and Hankus Netsky
Little Niles – Randy Weston
Benefit Recital for KCSB: HaeSun Paik
Friday, June 14, 7:30 PM
Williams Hall, NEC, Boston, MA
Ms. Paik won the 3rd Prize (no First Prize was awarded) at the Tchaikovsky Int'l Piano Competition in 1994, and became the first Korean to receive a prize. She won top prizes in other international competitions such as Queen Elisabeth and Leeds, and has appeared in numerous concert venues and music festivals.
Ms. Paik is a member of piano faculty at the New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her performance in the KCSB chamber concert in December 2013 at Jordan Hall received a rave review by Lloyd Schwartz (Music Critic with a Pulitzer Prize) in New York Arts: "Paik's combination of warmth and power were astounding."
Beethoven Sonata in F 1ninor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegorma non troppo - Presto
Chopin Nocturn e in E minor, Op. 72. No. 1
Chopin Nocturn e in C# minor, Op. posth.
Ravel La Valse
The complete program can be found here.
~ 2018 ~
KCSB Spring Concert: Korean Art Songs
March 4, 4:00 PM
Follen Community Church, Lexington, MA
Jeongmin Kim soprano; Yoonjeong Yoo soprano
Jieun Yu soprano; Kyu-young Lee tenor
Youngkwang Yoo baritone; Seungyun Kim bass-baritone;
Claire-Chung Lim piano
A rare Concert with repertoires spanning a few generation from Dongjin Kim’s <New Arirang> composed in 1942 to contemporary pieces composed in 2000’s.
보리밭 (Barley Field) 윤용하 (1922 – 1965)
신아리랑 (New Arirang) 김동진(1913 - 2009)
연꽃 만나고 가는 바람같이 (Like the Wind Parting the Lotus Flower) 김주원 (b. 1984)
남으로 창을 내겠소 (I Will Put in a Window to the South) 백병동 (b. 1936)
산아 (Dear Mountain) 신동수 (b. 1956)
고풍의상 (Traditional Attire) 윤이상(1917 - 1995)
밀양아리랑 (Milyang Arirang) 진규영 (b. 1948)
산노을 (Sunset on the Mountains) 박판길 (1928 - 1998)
뱃노래 (Boat Song) 조두남(1912 - 1984
진달래꽃 (Azalea) 김동진 (1913 – 2009)
베틀노래 (Weaving Song) 이원주 (b. 1979)
사비수 (Sabisu) 김대현 (1917 – 1985)
그대 창 밖에서 (From the Outside of Your Window) 임긍수 (b. 1949)
강 건너 봄이 오듯 (Like the Spring Comes Across the River) 임긍수 (b. 1949)
Dongil Shin Organ Recital
Wednesday, August 22, 8:00 PM
Methuen Memorial Organ Hall, Methuen, MA
As part of 2018 Organ Concert Series at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Dongil Shin, professor in Yonsei University performs a recital. His program includes pieces by Oliver Messiaen, J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupre , and Sir Edward Elgar. Korean Cultural Society sponsors travel grant of Prof. Shin.
~ 2017 ~
KCSB Spring Concert - Charlie Albright Recital
Sunday, March 26, 4:00 PM
Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA
Winner of the 2011 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts from Harvard University, Charlie Albright was also named Artist-in-Residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position last filled by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Albright’s numerous awards include First Prize in both Solo and Ensemble categories at the 2006 New York National Piano Competition; First Prize and all other awards offered at the 2006 Eastman International Piano Competition; Third Prize at the 2007 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; Semi-Finalist Award and Best Performance of a Work by Liszt in Stage I at the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition; and the Vendome Virtuoso Prize and the Elizabeth Leonskaya Special Award at the 2009 Vendome Prize Piano Competition.
Program includes Schubert Improptus, Op. 90: No. 3 and No. 2Albright ImprovisationSchulz-Evler Concert Arabesques on Themes from 'On the Beautiful Blue Danube'Kapustin Variations, Op. 41Chopin Etutes, Op. 25 (For the complete program, click here).
KCSB Fall Concert - Homage to Isang Yun
September 30, 5:00 PM
The river School Conservatory, Weston, MA
Minkyung Oh (piano)
Cheongmoo Kang (clarinet)
Junhan Choi (baritone)
A concert celebrating Isang Yun's Centennial Birthday.
Program includes Schumann's Drei Romanzen, Op. 94, Schubert's Lieds, Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31, Isang Yun's Piri for solo clarinet and art songs.
The complete program can be found here.
KCSB Winter Concert - Parker Quartet
November 4, 2017 8:00 PM
Jordan Hall, NEC, Boston, MA
co-sponsored by Foundation for Chineses Performing Arts
Featuring Grammy-awarded Parker Quartet
Jung Ja Kim piano
Charles Clements double bass.
KCSB Spring Concert - Songs of Love and Longing
Friday, June 17, 4:00 PM
Follen Church, Lexington, MA
Eun Hee Kang, soprano
Julius Ahn, tenor
Timothy Steele, piano
~ 2016 ~
Julius Ahn, who has joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera in 2013-2014 season, is one of the most sought after tenors for the roles such as Monostatos in Mozart's Magic Flute, Goro in Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Pang in Turandot. He has made many notable performances in recent years with San Francisco Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Palm Beach Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Atlanta Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Hawaii Opera Theater, Seattle Opera among many others.
Soprano Eunhee Kang is a graduate of Ewha Women's University and New England Conservatory, and currently an ensemble member for Boston Lyric Opera. Her operatic roles include Liu in Puccini's Turandot, Pamina in Mozart's Magic Flute, Masha in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades.
KCSB Fall Concert - WordSong
Sunday, September 18, 4:00 PM
Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA
WordSong (http://www.wordsongboston.org) was founded in 2008 and is a Boston-based music presenter that has created a new concert format in which one text is presented in multiple, newly composed settings and is the focus of directed conversation among composers, performers, and the audience.
On September 18th, Korean Cultural Society of Boston (KCSB) sponsors WordSong presentation of four new musical settings of Kim Sowohl’s peom “Dawn” in Korean as well as English (translated by Sekyo Nam Haines).
In the performance, the poem will be read first and the audience give their reactions. Then, four songs will be played. The composers and performers will have an open dialogue about what was just heard: a dialogue about various points of view, preconceptions, and emotional impacts. In the course of the discussion, each of the songs will be played again.
A WordSong presentation is all about multiplicity: multiple settings, multiple hearings, multiple meanings. Together, we will discover how a single familiar text can inspire a variety of thoughts and feelings; we will explore our perspectives and yours and how they are represented in the various meldings of words, ideas, and music.
~ 2015 ~
KCSB Fall Concert - Taeguk Mun Cello Recital
Friday, October 16, 4:00 PM
St. Paul Church, Brookline, MA
Taeguk Mun, cello
Sangyoung Kim, piano
Taeguk Mun won the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in 2017 at the age of 20, and recently won the 4th place in Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019. Accompanist Sangyoung Kim won Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Int'l Music Competition.
SCHUBERT Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano, D.821
DEBUSSY Sonata for Cello and Piano
POULENC Sonata for Cello and Piano, op.143
CHOPIN Introduction and Polonaise Brillante
~ 2014 ~
KCSB Spring Concert - Joomi Lee
Friday, June 1, 4:00 PM
St. Paul Episcopal Church, Brookline, MA
Joomi Lee, violin
James Buswell, violin
Sam Ou, cello
Jayoung Kim, piano
KCSB Fall Concert - Duo Concert
Friday, October 5, 4:00 PM
St. Paul Church, Brookline, MA
Yoo Sun Na, soprano
Dongwon Kim, tenor
Choah Kim, piano
~ 2013 ~
KCSB Inaugural Chamber Concert
December 6, 4:00 PM
Jordan Hall, NEC, Boston, MA
HaeSun Paik, piano
Nicholas Kitchen, violin
Julianne Yi, viola
Yeesun Kim, cello
June Hahn, harp
The complete program can be found here.
Excerpt from the review by Lloyd Schwartz (Music Critic with Pulitzer Prize) in the New York Arts:
"... Some of the best pianism of the year was part of a marvelous chamber concert at Jordan Hall sponsored by the Korean Cultural Foundation [should be the Korean Cultural Society]... Paik's combination of warmth and power were astounding..."