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Pianist Cho Seong-jin releases online recording, music video before new Chopin album in August
Pianist Cho Seong-jin will release a recording of Chopin's “Scherzo No. 2,” as well as a music video, via online platforms on Friday, before releasing his new album of Chopin's works in August. The winner of the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, he is set to release his next album, titled, “Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 Scherzi,” with Deutsche Grammophon, co...
[INTERVIEW] Priest and Sogang University president translates book on LGBT people to bridge gap
Fr. Sim Jong-hyeok, a Jesuit priest and president of Sogang University, recently translated a book into Korean to help bridge the gap between religious people and sexual minorities. Released in April, the book, titled “Building a Bridge,” introduces actual tips like helpful Bible lines for both religious people and sexual minorities to communicate more effectively with each o...
[INTERVIEW] Traditional music form 'sanjo' embodied in dance
Korean traditional music is often stereotyped as being rigid and bound by rules, allowing little if any room for deviation. But traditional musical genre “sanjo” which literally means “scattered melodies” in Korean, is characterized by improvisational and impromptu rhythms and melodies. In fact, the genre embodies the essence of free-style improvisation more commonly associat...
Violinist Kim Bomsori releases 1st album through Deutsche Grammophon
Violinist Kim Bomsori has released her first album, “Violin on Stage,” on Deutsche Grammophon (DG). In it, she focuses on playing violin arrangements of opera and ballet repertoires since commencing her contract with the label in February.
Play 'SWEAT' may show future of Korea hit by labor, racial issues: director
The Pulitzer-winning play, “SWEAT,” by playwright Lynn Nottage may have played a big role in portraying the realities for American workers and thus questioning the way of living in the Trump era and the modern industrialized world.
Baritone Kim Gi-hoon wins BBC Cardiff Singer competition
Baritone Kim Gi-hoon has won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition held in the United Kingdom, Saturday, local time. This is the first time that a Korean won the main award at the competition, which started back in 1983. BBC announced that the biennial contest chose Kim as the winner this year. He received 20,000 pounds ($27,623) in prize money and the Cardiff Troph...
Largest traditional music festival to be held offline this year
Yeowoorak Music Festival, the largest gugak-themed music festival, is coming back to in-person events this year after being held online last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
[INTERVIEW] Universal Ballet to present hope amid pandemic in 'Triple Bill'
Following the outbreak and global spread of COVID-19, last year was the toughest year in memory for theaters and ballet companies. Performances were cancelled one after another. Relying heavily on ticket sales for their survival, ballet companies were forced to undergo restructuring. Some companies laid off staff, while others altogether ceased or suspended operations.
'Music in PyeongChang' calls on audience to ponder meaning of being alive
“Music in PyeongChang,” a biannual classical music concert, will be held in Gangwon Province from July 28 to Aug. 7. The concert, which began in 2004, aims to get the audience to ponder the meaning of being “alive” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert is titled, “San (Korean), Alive,” using the Korean word meaning both “mountain” and “alive.” Up to 22 concerts will be perf...
South Korean bishop becomes Vatican Prefect
Pope Francis has appointed Lazarus You Heung-sik, currently Bishop of Daejeon, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy on Friday while conferring on him the title of Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Daejeon. He is the first South Korean to assume the position and the second Asian to do so after Jose Tomas Sanchez, a Filipino cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.