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American Pianist Mark Damisch Performs at DC Korean Cultural Center

Prior to his August concert tour of five East Asian countries sponsored by U.S. embassies, American pianist Mark Damisch performed at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington DC on Thursday, July 28, accompanied with his daughters Katherine and Alexandra.


Damisch’s performance included Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Rodeo by Aaron Copland. Alexandra followed her father by playing 1st and 2nd movements of Three Preludes for Piano by Gershwin, and Katherine later sang the traditional American song Amazing Grace as well as You’ve Got a Friend by Carol King.


Damisch started his musical diplomacy in 1975 in hopes of promoting goodwill and international relations between Eastern and Western Europe by performing throughout Euro and the Soviet Union. The U.S. government soon began to pay attention to his overseas performances, which represent the values and virtues of American music and family in an effort to promote greater international understanding and goodwill.


Damisch has since played American music and compositions numerous times at U.S. embassies and local venues in more than 20 different countries, spreading a message of peace and friendship.