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~ 2023 ~

Beyond Borders: An American Composer's Korean Music Diary


Friday, June 16th, 7:30pm

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University

45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

co-presented with
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 


“Korean Influence”

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

Biographies of performers are available in the Program Book.

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

Allegro vivo

Intermède: Fantasque et léger

Finale: Très animé


Violin Sonata                                                            Leoš Janáček  

Con moto





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.

Piano Extravaganza: Three Generations of Pianists


Saturday, September 30, 7:30pm

New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

290 Huntington St, Boston, MA




MOZART: Sonata for Piano Four Hands in D Major, K. 381

           Changyong Shin/HaeSun Paik


DEBUSSY: Petite Suite for Piano Four Hands

           Hannah Byun/Minsoo Sohn

COPLAND/BERNSTEIN: El Salon Mexico for Two Pianos

           Jung-Ja Kim/HaeSun Paik


SCHUBERT: Divertimento in Hungarian Style in G minor, Op. 54

           Minsoo Sohn/Wha Kyung Byun*

RAVEL: La Valse for two pianos

           HaeSun Paik/Minsoo Sohn

     *Substituted by HaeSun Paik

Biographies of performers are available in the Program Book.

 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

Lisa Ji Eun Kim violin; Sheila Fiekowsky violin; Daniel Getz viola; Oliver Aldort cello



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)

Sunset on the Mountain (산노을)                      박판길 Pan Ghil Park

The Face (얼굴) by                                               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      


Samulnori Fantasy: Seasons

Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 pm

New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA


"Samulnori Fantasy: Seasons" is the second creation by Mina Cho in the style of the Pansori Cantata which takes a narrative into the form of Korean traditional Pansori [storytelling in voice] with Samulnori [four primary percussion instruments – Jing (big gong), Janggu (drum), Kkwaenggwari (small gong), and Buk (barrel drum)]. Samulnori is a contemporary counterpart of Korean Pungmul (a Korean folk music tradition rooted in the collective farming culture called ‘Dure’) and Namsadang (an itinerant traditional performing arts troupe). Throughout, the piece interweaves Korean traditional music with the sounds of modern jazz and Gospel music.


Seasons features a moon rabbit 'Rain,' whose singing has the power to call forth the rain, and a young woman 'Sunnie,' who studies business in Boston, having abandoned her dream of becoming a master Pansori singer. After celebrating his retirement from 100 years of musical priesthood in Lunar Land, Rain is allowed to travel to the Human World, but for only one night of the full moon. A magical pathway, named 7th Moonstar Street, appears between Lunar Land and the Charles River for Rain’s trip. Upon reaching the Charles River, he meets Sunnie. Powerfully inspired through music and conversation, Rain and Sunnie begin to explore their passion for music and embrace a new season in their lives.

Program is available here.


~ 2021 ~


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."

-- Recording:

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.

-- recording:

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.

-- recording:

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.

-- recording:


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.



May 1 - Panel on the First Generation Korean Composers in Boston: Earl Kim and Donald Sur


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

Soloists: Brannon Cho cello and Yoojin Jang violin

G. Rossini        Sonata for Strings No. 1 in G major 




James Ra         Concerto for Three Violas & Strings (Boston premiere)

                                     I. Invocation

                                    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 ~


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.

Oct. 10: Joo Won Park (recording)

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.


Oct. 24: Jihye Chang (recording)

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.


Oct. 31: Donald Reid Womack (recording)

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.

Nov. 7: Yoon-Ji Lee (recording)

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.


Nov. 14: Juri Seo. (recording)

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.

Program includes:

  1. New Shiftatelli -  Hankus Netsky

  2. Round Midnite – Thelonious Monk

  3. Ad Lib on Nippon – Duke Ellington

  4. Improvisation – Do Yeon Kim

  5. Ma Yedidus – Trad. Bostoner Hassidic

  6. Give Me Back My Heart – Herman Yablokoff

  7. Lullaby of Birdland – George Shearing

  8. Sonitshke – Joseph Rumshinsky

  9. Duo Improvisation on Korean Themes – Do Yeon Kim and Hankus Netsky

  10. 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."

​Program includes

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.


Mozart String Quartet No. 22 in Bb, K. 589

Prokofiev String Quartet No. 2 in F, Op. 92

Schubert Piano Quintet in A, D. 667 "Trout"


The complete program can be found here.

Click here for the review in the Boston Musical Intelligencer.

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

David Kravitz tenor; Linda Osborn piano

Composers: Howard Frazin, Binna Kim,

                              Tom SchnauberAdam Simon

WordSong ( 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.


~ 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


~ 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


~ 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..."

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