Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hope and Harmony : a Benefit concert for the North Korean Refugees [April 27, Sat, 7:30 PM] with LiNK presentation starting at 6 PM

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The music concert by the Boston Korea Chorus and Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra will start at 7:30 PM.

The program for the concert includes

Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Requiem by Gabriel Faure

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Earlier in the evening at 6 PM, Justin Wheeler, the vice president of LiNK will have a session for those interested in the LiNK and their activity.

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About the musicians:

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Founded in 2008, the Boston Korean Chorus is a chamber choir consisting of 30 members. The primary goal of BKC is to make engaging performances of choral music and Korean culture widely available to audiences in the Greater Boston area. BKC has performed subscription concerts annually, as well as numerous concerts for the Korean-American community. In May 2012, the chorus organized a Benefit Concert with MIT Chamber Chorus as a tribute to the musical traditions of both Korea and New England, donating all proceeds to World Vision and sending "Hope & Harmony" to children in Africa devastated by famine. As a bridge between the Korean and American communities, the Boston Korean Chorus is excited and eager to bring inspiring and passionate music making to Greater Boston.

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Founded in 2013, the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra is composed primarily of young professional Korean musicians from the Greater Boston area. As the Korean word "hwaum" represents, our hope is to bring harmony to the community. Our vision is to serve as a bridge between the Korean and American communities. Our primary mission is to support charitable events through our musical performances. By working hand in hand with local musicians, we are also able to create an environment in which we can help foster the professional development of bright new talents.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thinking of those who suffered this week

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The crisis during the last few days after the Boston marathon bombing made us think a lot about those who suffer in our neighborhood as well as across the globe. Requiem is a kind of music celebrating for the repose of the soul of the deceased and also consoling the bereaved. As you know, we are soon hosting the Boston Korean Chorus and the Hwaum Orchestra in a benefit concert for the North Korean Refugees. Among the pieces planned for the performance is Gabriel Faure's Requiem. Although the selection of this piece did not anticipate the recent tragic events, it is a fitting music that invites all of us to think about those who suffered and maybe share some of their pains. The following is a short excerpts of the piece performed by the Berlin Phill and the Rundfunkchor of Berlin, the city which had its share of tragedy and resilience over the years.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Danny from North Korea available for viewing online

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The latest documentary from LiNK "Danny from North Korea", about a young man who escaped from North Korea by crossing the Chinese-North Korean border, is available for online viewing, in time for Danny being interviewed by Anderson Cooper.* The complete film is available here.

Also of interest is another refugee who recently spoke in TED:

If you would like to find more about LiNK or help North Korean refugees, we invite you to come to upcoming benefit concert by the Boston Korean Chorus and Hwaum Orchestra (Jinwook Park, dir) on April 27, 7:30 pm. Before the concert at 6 pm, the vice president of LiNK will hold a Q/A session.

* Due to the Bostom bombing on Monday, the interview originally scheduled for broadcasting on Monday had been postponed.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Story of North and South

A project by Berklee musicians to heighten our awareness of the plight of North Korean people. The tune was composed by Yoojin Jung, a violinist studying at Berklee. Several other Korean students and musicians from Singapore, Ecuador and China participated in this heartfelt and moving project.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The review for the Arneis Quartet performance is in

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"The final piece on the program, Beethoven's Quintet in C, had all the robustness and drama one can expect from Beethoven. From many exciting moments, the mouse-like scurries of the first violin over the shimmering tremolos in the rest of the ensemble in the Presto fourth movement stood out for playful phrasing, humor, and tasteful musicianship. . . . . Overall, an extremely satisfying evening of a variety of music well and thoughtfully executed." says the critic Elisa Birdseye, executive director of the Boston Chamber Ensemble who was present at the concert and writing for the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Full review of the evening is found here.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Arneis Quartet - Haydn, List, Beethoven to benefit local shelter work [April 4 7:30 PM]

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The Arneis String Quartet, the 2012 silver medalist of the ICMEC, will perform works by Haydn, Andrew List and Beethoven at the Oasis Cafe's first concert of the spring. Come and usher in spring with the warm and exciting music of the Arneis Quartet whose members (Heather Braun, violin; Rose Drucker, violin; Daniel Dona, viola; Agnes Kim, cello. ) have strong ties to Boston University (BU) as graduates, faculty member and student of its faculty. Featured guest performer Michelle LaCourse (viola) also teaches at BU. The program includes Berklee College of Music professor Andrew List's String Quartet No. 4 as well as Haydn's String Quartet in D major, Op. 76 No. 5 and Beethoven's String Quintet in C major, Op. 29.

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Although Oasis Cafe Music Night is a free on-going series at the ECC (Education & Community Center) at the Korean Church of Boston (KCB), your donations at this benefit concert by the Arneis Quartet will go toward the Boston / Brookline Shelter Support Program run by the young adult volunteers at KCB (Every early Saturday morning, these volunteers go out into the streets of Boston to provide free meals for the homeless folks and also help serve hot meals at local shelters in frigid winter days).

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