Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Scenes from the Evening of Korean Pop!

The first part of the concert was loosely organized with the theme: The loves of a "Korean Woman" through the Korean popular songs and films.

The concert opened with a cute dance performance set to a popular K-Pop hit "Love is Move" by three junior members of the church and their mentor. [video coming soon] It was followed by a performance set to the popular hit of the moment, Psy's Gangnam Style by the same team and M. Song.

S. Shim (accompanied by J. Kahng on guitar) sang about a girl who was falling in love for the first time.

It was followed by a duet song "All for you" which is currently very popular due to the hit drama "Respond 1997", a sweet coming-of-age story of Korean adolescents. (singers Y. Kim and M. Song)

J. Chung and B. Shin (a real-life couple) followed with a mature and moving declaration of love, apparently practicing it according to the sincerity of their embrace at the end of the performance.

H. Paik gave a rousing performance of an old rock ballad about a man's willing submission to the bindings of blissful love. From this point on, the singers were backed by the superb band of Berklee musicians led by E. Ahn at keyboards.

The arc of the love, however, turned toward the darker side with one of the most beloved ballads ("When the love is gone") by K. Chung, as he sang about parting from an old love.

With a classy introduction by cello (Y. Bae) and piano (R. Cho), H. Lee followed it with an intense rendering of the sad and bitter aftermath of a love gone sour.

Reminding the audience of what is described as "a woman full of surprises" in Psy's Gangnam Style, H. Lee turned around and delighted the audience (with a "professional" assistance from the Havard Street Sistaz) with a rousing version of a very popular trot, ending the first part by demonstrating the resilience of the Korean women's spirit.

Part II opened with S. Won singing a plaintive and heart-wrenching folk song from the troubled days of early 1980s. Accompanied by her own guitar and restrained piano, the singer took a complete grip on the audience.

S. Won was then joined by Rain Park, singing a beautiful love song from the same period.

Rain Park continued with one of the most beloved folk songs, "To the Happy land" spurred along by the clapping of the audience.

He closed with the classic "About thirty", pulling everybody into the mood of the autumn.

The folk song segment was then followed by the final segments of the evening that featured several classic rock ballads and showpieces. S. Chang opened it with the popular ballad from the legendary rock group Boo-Hwal.

M. Kang raised the temperature even further with the legendary singer Yong-Pil Cho's rock number, introducing the members of the band along the way.

After intimating his personal struggle with Leukemia, M. Kang gave a moving performance of "To Everyone".

K.Kim, the keyboardist of the group Linus, started his performance with a cool ballad accompanied by his own piano.

The evening closed with the crowd-pleasing hit, the Kite, of the group Linus, led by its keyboardist K. Kim joined by C. Park and M. Kang with the vocal.

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