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Reporter : Park Ji-won
Sun, December 10, 2023 | 08:58
Orchestras unveil star-studded 2022 concert line-up
Amid the pandemic entering its third year, Korea's orchestras have recruited foreign conductors as their music directors, roles which have long been held by Korean nationals. Chung Myung-whun, for instance, served at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) for nine years since 2006 and Chung Chi-yong served at the Korean Symphony Orchestra for four years since 2018.
Exhibition recognizes Joseon-era Buddhist monk artisans
After reaching its peak with the full-fledged support of the ruling class during the 918-1392 Goryeo period, Buddhism is known to have declined during the 1392-1910 Joseon Kingdom after the new rulers adopted Confucianism as their ideology.
[INTERVIEW] Korean-German pianist Gina Alice Redlinger releases debut album 'Wonderworld'
The 2019 marriage of renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang made headlines in Korea, as he married Korean-German pianist Gina Alice Redlinger. Since the marriage, she has become better known as the wife of the superstar pianist, as well as a TV star, after appearing on some programs in China following her move there. However, she is a promising pianist and talented musician in he...
[INTERVIEW] Yoido Full Gospel Church vows $84 million for people hurt by pandemic
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic set to enter its third year, the cries from the poorest of the poor and self-employed people, who were hit harder than any other groups of people, have been desperate as their livelihoods have deteriorated or completely disappeared. The nation's largest church, the Yoido Full Gospel Church, has recently vowed to lend a helping hand to those ...
[INTERVIEW] Metaverse-inspired German play 'Ultraworld' questions meaning of game-like life
“Can virtual reality replace the real world?” Many might think that this metaphysical question arose only with the introduction of new technologies in the 21st century, but actually, it has existed since ancient times, as in the Allegory of the Cave by Greek philosopher Plato.
Pianist Kissin mesmerizes Korean audience again with four encores
“His music reminded me of an encounter with my loved one,” Choi Eun-kyu, a violinist and classical music critic, said after the recital by Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin at the Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul, Monday. Kissin is one of the most popular concert pianists in Korea.
Korea's iconic theatrical show 'Nanta' set to return
Wearing sweatpants, five performers gathered together for the first time in 21 months, in an empty theater in Myeong-dong, Seoul, designed especially for “Nanta,” a non-verbal, cooking-themed, percussive, theatrical performance.
[INTERVIEW] For Chopin competition winner Bruce Liu, piano is a 'hobby' he has passion for
Classical music fans all over the world were excited to watch the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition held last month, expecting the emergence of a star pianist who could influence the classical music industry for some time to come. Korean fans had especially high expectations for the contest, as the winner of the last competition held six years ago was Korea...
COVID-cancelled French musical 'Notre Dame de Paris' hits Korean theaters
The original French production of the musical, “Notre Dame de Paris,” based on the novel with the same title by Victor Hugo and one of the most popular original foreign productions in Korea, will be performed with its 1998 original cast and new casts in three different locations in Korea, running until Jan. 16 of next year.
New and improved 'The Dresser' returns to theater
Ronald Harwood's play, “The Dresser,” returned to the stage last year, though its performance schedule was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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