Written by: FFT Webmaster | April 1st, 2011
Celebrate Korea as a center of excellence in classical music at the Juillard @ The Korea Society season finale. Award-winning violinists Clara Ha-Neul Yoon and Siwoo Kim perform a short program of solos and duets. Siwoo Kim opens with Bach’s Sonata for Solo Violin No. 2 in A Minor, followed by Clara Yoon’s performance of Ysaye’s Sonata for Solo Violin No. 4 in E Minor. The two conclude with Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins in C Major. The hour includes Q&A and a meet-and-greet with these rising stars.
Tuesday, April 5
FREE, but registration required
The Korea Society presents Dong Jin Kim, author of Crusader for Korea, a biography of Dr. Homer B. Hulbert (1863-1949), a “hidden hero” of Korean independence. The publication is the culmination of years of effort by the author to secure a proper place in Korean history for the accomplishments of foreigners, such as Dr. Hulbert, who lived their lives in the service of Korea.
Homer Hulbert: Crusader for Korea
Dong Jin Kim
author of Crusader for Korea
During Korea’s drive for economic modernization, commercial artists created goods and advertisements that were visually appealing and richly detailed. After the war, Korea transformed itself economically, yet rapid growth was accompanied by dramatic social changes and political concerns surrounding authoritarianism. By the late 1980s, Korea had embraced democracy and a newly prosperous society clamored for fresh goods manufactured for domestic consumption. With the 1988 Olympic games, Korean products and adverts grew more global in orientation.
April 7—June 3, 2011
Thursday, April 7
Koreans look upon these items with some nostalgia, as they stand in sharp and, at times, amusing contrast with today’s products, which range from remarkable paper-thin flatscreens to Motortrend’s Car of the Year. Presented with the support of the Korea Craft and Design Foundation, this exhibition features early consumer products, advertisements, and social commentary from a transitional and controversial era when the seeds of Korean design saw fertile ground.
Changyong Rhee, will speak at Asia Society on April 12 to launch the Asian Development Bank’s flagship publication Asian Development Outlook 2011.
The Asian Development Outlook is an annual economic report that provides a comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and development issues of the developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Rhee will focus on the report’s theme of South-South economic linkages. He will speak on the changing economic center of gravity from the North to the South and the opportunities this shift opens up for developing countries in Asia. The report includes empirical evidence and discusses policy options for developing Asian countries to benefit from the rising economic power of emerging markets through trade and investment.
Tuesday, April 12
Artist Han Heejung performs the two-stringed haegum in the p’ungnyu style, and her subdued and unhurried melodies are designed to prompt contemplation. Han opens with the Yuch’osin chi kok version of Yôngsan hoesang, accompanied by two wind instruments, the taegûm and the hyangp’iri. She also performs the Haegûm sanjo in the style of Chi Yônghûi, a delicate tune reminiscent of Kyunggi folk music with Chinyang, Chungmori, Chungjungmori, and Chajinmori rhythms. Han concludes with Chôk Nyôm, a seven-movement solo piece for haegum composed by master Kim Yôngjae, and a composition by Yang Sônghwan that derives from the folk music of Kyôngsang province.
Thursday, April 21