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Classical music to close out 2014
Dec 01, 2014
The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will present a series of year-end classical music concerts throughout the month. The “Classic Renaissance” show will kick off the month-long series at the St. Mary & Nicholas Seoul Anglican Cathedral in central Seoul on December 4. The opening...

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Sumi Jo performs in Ottawa with heartfelt thanks
Dec 01, 2014
Soprano Sumi Jo (center) poses for a photo with baritone Jean-Francois Lapointe (left) and conductor Jean-Michel Malouf of the Orchestra de Chambre I Musici de Montreal during a concert on November 26 at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada.My hometown is on the southern wa...

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'Nongak' added to UNESCO list
Nov 28, 2014
Exuberant sounds, dizzily swinging heads and colorful parades are a common scene associated with nongak, a form of traditional farmers' music that has now to be inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. At the recent ninth meeti...

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Pianist Paik Kun Woo to perform with Bremen orchestra
Nov 27, 2014
Pianist Paik Kun Woo  and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, led by conductor Paavo Järvi, will present the essence of German classical music at the Seoul Arts Center on December 2 where they will play Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major. The piece is one of Br...

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Best of ASEAN festivals to be held on summit sidelines
Nov 26, 2014
A wide variety of cultural offerings related to ASEAN countries will take place at many venues across the country in celebration of the 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit scheduled for December 11 and 12. The ASEAN-Korea Center, an inter-governmental organizati...

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Mado 1 launched 800 years after sinking
Nov 26, 2014
An ancient cargo ship sank after it was launched from Mado Island off the west coast of Korea some 800 years ago during Goryeo times (918-1392). The cargo ship was full of goods to trade, including pieces of blue celadon and food to be sent to those in power. The ship, the Mado 1...

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Korean literature in English: Windflower
Nov 26, 2014
A poet keeps her eyes on a windflower as it bends its back near a grave. “Intimate with those in despair, grown old,” says the poet, while portraying the purple breath of the flower with the words, “Windflower into your purple the sun reclines.” The cover of 'Windflower,' a ...

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Ingres to Kandinsky: a look at 100 years of Western art...
Nov 26, 2014
The Hangaram Art Museum at the Seoul Arts Center in Seocho-dong, southern Seoul, will host the exhibition "Ingres to Kandinsky" starting November 25, organized by the Phillips Collection. "The Small Bather" was painted in 1826 by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. This French wor...

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Cross-country exploration, part 2: Tongyeong and its 12...
Nov 26, 2014
Cho Dae-yong's family has been weaving traditional window blinds out of bamboo and reeds for four generations in Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do. "My family has been in this line of work for four generations, turning bamboo and reeds into works of art through months of handiwork. I, ...

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Korean film via stamps: the unfaltering love of 'Chungh...
Nov 26, 2014
'Chunhyangjeon' (1935) is directed by Lee Myeonwoo and produced by Gyeonseong Productions. (image courtesy of the Korea Post) The film "Chunhyangjeon" was released in 1935. It was the first Korean film to have sound added to the motion picture, made by Gyeongseong Productions. Th...