Voices of spring charm audience at concert

Mohamed Ali Nafti, center, ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, and his wife watch the 12th annual Spring Music Festival hosted by The Korea Times at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, Thursday. To his left is Korea Times President-Publisher Lee Chang-sup. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul

Korea Times’ annual concert held at Sejong center

By Yun Suh-young

The Korea Times concert, celebrating the 67th anniversary of the newspaper, ended with a standing ovation, Thursday, at the Grand Theater of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul.

Over 2,000 guests attended the event, including the newspaper’s readers, government officials, diplomats, business leaders and cultural figures.

“The Korea Times is honored to host the 12th annual Spring Music Festival as one of multiple events to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the paper’s founding. The audience will be treated to songs about the fragrance of spring, love, nostalgia, loneliness, parting, harmony and happiness,” said Lee Chang-sup, president-publisher of The Korea Times.

“The Korea Times, the nation’s first English newspaper, will go through good times and bad with its readers, serving as a beacon of truth and a bridge between Korea and the world. I express deep gratitude for our readers’ love, loyalty and dedication. I offer special thanks to GS Caltex and KT&G for sponsoring this event.”

The concert featured the Mostly Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Park Sang-hyun opening the event with Bizet’s “Carmen Overture.”

The first part of the concert featured performances by soprano Kim Soo-yeon singing Johann Strauss’ “Voices of Spring”; tenor Ryu Jung-phil singing Gardel’s “Por Una Cabeza”; soprano Lee Min-ji singing Puccini’s “Quando Membo”; musical singer Park So-yeon performing Levay’s “Ich Gehore Nur Mir”; chanson singer Monsieur Ko performing Y. Frenkel’s “Cranes”; singer Park Ki-young performing Ennio Morricone’s “Nella Fantasia” and Dalla’s “Caruso”; and soprano Kim Soo-yeon and tenor Ryu Jung-phil singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The second half of the concert featured soprano Lee Young-in opening with Puccini’s “Donde Lieta” followed by two performances by chanson singer Monsieur Ko _ Michel Legrand’s “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” and Norbert Glanzberg’s “Padam Padam.” Soprano Kim Soo-yeon sang Offenbach’s “Les Oiseaux Dans la Charmille” and tenor Ryu Jung-phil sang Lee Bong-jo’s “Desert Island.” Musical singer Park So-yeon sang Jeanine Tesori’s “The Girl in 14F” and the finale was performed by singer Park Ki-young with Cho Kyu-min’s “Last Love” and Lee Jang-hee’s “Goodbye, a Word that is Too Short.”

Korea Times reader Kim Jae-il who attended the event said, “I’ve been to many concerts but I’ve never seen any concert that featured singers with such a high level of vocal competence.”

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