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concert > A Midsummer Night's Art Song in LA



concert > A Midsummer Night's Art Song in LA

The Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (KCCLA) will present a special summer performance, “A Midsummer Night’s Art Song” featuring songs from both Korea and Italy, performed by some stellar members of LA Opera and LA Master Chorale together with a new generation of vocalists. Sunjoo Yeo a veteran vocalist and current member of LA Opera and LA Master Chorale, is the music director. The audience will be able to listen and sing along. 

The concert is free, but RSVP is required. For more information, please visit the KCCLA website, or call (323) 936-7141.


This concert - organized by the KCCLA in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute (Istituto Italiano di Cultura) in Los Angeles—represents a cultural exchange in the form of music, through the art songs of both countries, and provides an opportunity to strengthen cultural understanding in both communities.

This concert features various art songs for both countries. For Italy, we have ‘La promessa’(1852) by Gioachino Rossini, ‘Ideale’(1882) by Francesco Paolo Tosti, ‘Il Bacio’(1863) by Luigi Arditi, as well as famous Neapolitan songs such as ‘Torna a Surriento’(1894) by Ernesto De Curtis, ‘O sole mio’(1898) by Eduardo di Capua and others. For Korea, we have ‘I will live in Chungsan’(1973) by Younjoon Kim, ‘Star’(1960) by Sooin Lee, ‘Pollock’(1953) by Hoon Byun, ‘Barley Farm’(1950?) by Yongha Yoon, ‘Rock hill’(1932) by Heung-ryeol Lee and many other songs. The audience will listen and sing along to these songs with the performers.

Most of the performers for this concert are stellar members of LA Opera and LA Master Chorale - Soprano Courtney Taylor, Tenor Todd Strange, Bass Paul Chwe MinChul An, who will sing with a new generation of vocalists represented by Rachel Yeo and Maxine Park. And introducing Sunjoo Yeo as a music director, who is a veteran vocalist and current member of LA Opera and LA Master Chorale.

Sangwon Jung, Director of Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, said, “There are a lot of similar cultural aspects between Korea and Italy. We both love food, family and fun, which I would call ‘3Fs’. “A Midsummer Night’s Art Song” will be a special summer night concert and will highlight Korean and Italian art songs. Koreans are already familiar with some Italian songs (like ‘O Sole Mio’ or ‘Caro Mio Ben’). And don’t get me started with all the popular Italian operas. Meanwhile, there are so many beautiful Korean art songs as well, which you will enjoy if you like Italian art songs. And lastly, this concert will be interactive – you will listen and sing along.”


Date: Friday, July 29, 2022

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles

In collaboration with : IIC Los Angeles

Entrance : Free


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