~ 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.

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. He is also the founding director of EMEWS, one of the most active undergraduate all-electronics ensemble touring multiple states. Dr. 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

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​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.

Program

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)

​The complete program can be found here.

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.

Program

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

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Eun Hee Kang, soprano

Julius Ahn, tenor

Timothy Steele, piano

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.

 

 

~ 2016 ~

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 (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.

 

Program

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..."