Wednesday, March 27, 2013

LiNK film screening presented by Bethany Presbyterian church [March-30 Sat 6 PM]

Our friends at Bethany Church are hosting LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) in screening their latest documentary film "Danny from North Korea" this Saturday at 6 PM. It will be in the ECC children's chapel.

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Every year thousands of North Koreans make the dangerous journey across the border to escape oppression and poverty.In March of 2005, Danny was one of them. Danny crossed into China and escaped a life of indoctrination, routine public executions, and starvation. As Danny traveled, he saw a world he never knew existed. A world where movement was not monitored by the government, information was readily available, and most importantly at the time, there was enough food to fill his empty belly.

Fair pay issue for musicians

Musicians' Union Work Not Play

As a fledgling non-profit organization, we are acutely aware of limited resource and budget for the events that we put on regular basis. Sometimes, the musicians generously "donate" their time and talent, mainly through our friends-network and their generous good will, and sometimes, we do what we can to help support, at least part of, their expense. Out in the commercial world, it is even tougher for musicians starting their career, unless you are a Yo-yo Ma or John Mayer, as there is little pay and stiff competition. If you feel increasingly as if the music seems to appear like free water out of the faucet, think twice. Somebody has to work late into the night to create and refine the music, musicians spend hours and hours practicing to make every performance perfect. For music lovers, it is a paradise these days when high quality music is so easily available everywhere, but let us not forget to pay due respect to music and those who make them. We came upon this web site through a friend's posting and thought it is worth sharing with the ECC audience.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Plights of North Korean Refugees

A recent TED talk by a North Korean refugee.

Later in April, we will have the recently formed Haw-Eum Chamber Orchestra (J. Park, director) and the Boston Korean Chorus performing in a benefit concert for the North Korean Refugees, specifically sponsoring LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), a grass roots organization which has presented their effort several times here at ECC over the past two years. The concert will feature music by Vivaldi, Faure and more. Stay tuned.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Oasis Cafe presents: Arneis Quartet [Thurs-4-4 7:30 PM]

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Arneis Quartet (Heather Braun, Agnes Kim, Rose Drucker, Daniel Dona), silver medalist of ICMEC 2012, will perform in a benefit concert to support Homeless Shelter support activities by young members of KCB. The quartet will be joined by Michelle LaCourse on viola for the final program of the evening.

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The program is as follows:

Haydn String Quartet in D major, Op. 76 No. 5

Andrew List String Quartet No. 4

-intermission-

Beethoven String Quintet in C major, Op. 29

Bookended by the two classic master is a modern piece by Andrew List, who is a composition professor at the Berklee school of music. The musicians all have strong ties to Boston University, having advanced degrees from its music program or on the faculty.

For more information about the quartet and its members, check out the official Arneis Quartet home page. You may also follow their activities via Facebook page. We also created a Facebook event for the concert here. Please share it with your friends and help support the cause!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Do you love string quartets?

Two interesting videos on string quartets: An amusing mock interview in which the great Emerson quartet allow themselves to be made fun of by two fellow musicians:

On a more serious vein, trailer from a recent movie starring a fictional quartet on the verge of breaking up:

In a recent showing at the Coolidge corner movie theater, we overheard someone (apparently a musician herself) complain that it is not at all like that for real musicians, but for us, just music fans, the film was superb!

Now, all this is a way of teasing you about our upcoming event, a benefit concert featuring the Arneis String Quartet. Stay tuned!