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A Night of Korean Culture

A Night of Korean Culture


Korean Food and Hanbok Fashion Show
Globally Acclaimed Non-verbal Performance COOKIN'
A Musical Collaboration of Korean Traditional Music and Opera

The Korean Cultural Center in Washington DC along with aT Center(Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation) and Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation proudly presents a festival of Korean culture. A Night of Korean Culture invites Korean culture lovers to indulge into the soul of Korean cuisine, the colorful elegance of Korean traditional fashion, and the artistry of Korean music.

Date : November 15th, 2015 (Sunday) 5 - 9pm
Venue : George Washington University Lisner Auditorium
Co-hosted By : Korean Cultural Center in Washington DC, aT Center, Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Korea Art and Soul concert, originally presented by the Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation as a music concert and a fashion show. To celebrate the decade of series, The Korean Cultural Center in Washington DC and aT Center is co-hosting with the Foundation, upgrading the event into a vibrant collaboration of Korean culture. The collaboration involves a tasteful selection of Korean food and a live performance by COOKIN'(Nanta), a global hit of PMC Production.

PART 1 – FOOD (17:00 - 18:30)
The first part of the festival opens with Korean food tasting, prepared by aT Center. Each booth will provide a variety of iconic Korean dishes: Bibimbap, Bulgogi, Japchae(Stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables), Haemul-pajeon(Seafood and green onion pancakes), and Kimchi-bokkeum-bap(Kimchi fried rice). Korean traditional alcohols such as Bokbunja(Raspberry Wine) and Makgeoli(Rice Wine) will add excitement to the festivity.

Food will be presented by five celebrity chefs - Victor Albisu(Del Campo), Michael Friedjman(The Red Hen), Kyle Bailey(Birch and Barley), Scott Drewno(The Source by Wolfgang Puck), Haidar Karoum(Proof/Estadio/Doi Moi) - who will cook onsite, demonstrating cooking methods. Guests can join the chefs and talk about the ingredients and history behind each dish, which continues its journey onto the dinner table of modern Koreans. Taekwondo highlights and Zumba showcases are scheduled to perform alongside, in addition to the tasting event.
PART 2 – SHOW (19:00 - 21:00)
The second part is a series of performances, beginning with an energetic opening of COOKIN' (Nanta), a non-verbal performance that had created a sensation among the global audiences. COOKIN' uses kitchen utensils and food ingredients like vegetables to create a visual splendor, wrapped around Korean traditional beat of Samulnori. COOKIN' was produced by PMC Productions(CEO Song, Seung Hwan) in 1997 and is continuing its journey onto the global stage in more than 53 countries including China, UK, Italy, Brazil, Finland, Japan, Qatar, and more. This is their first performance in Washington DC.

Marching on the excitement is the Hanbok Fashion Show by Ms. Park, Ji Hyun, a renowned Hanbok designer. The show features a modern rendition of traditional and royal Hanbok, dressed by American models active in Washington DC area. They will be showing an exotic beauty, fabulously dressed in Korean Hanbok.

Korean traditional music, which is called Gugak in Korean fills the stage. Pansori singers Lee, Yong-sun and You, Tae-pyung-yang will sing the dynamic yet heartful Korean soul. Pansori is a genre of Gugak, which is basically a singing-storytelling performance.

Classical music performers, led by Soprano Lim, Chung-wha, followed by Bass Lee, Kwangkyu, Tenor Ha, Man Taek and Soprano Meroe Khalia Adeeb will present beautiful pieces of Korean music that was popular during 1920s through the mid-1900s. Opera arias such as Nessun Dorma from Turandot, Brindisi from La Traviata, Ella Giammai M'amo from Don Carlos will be performed along with musical notes like Summer Time from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

The festival is open to anyone with tickets. To get a ticket, please go to http://tinyurl.com/MOKA2015 and enter access code MOKA2015 then print out or download the ticket to your smartphone and bring it to the event. 

PLEASE NOTE: tickets for this event are free, but quantities are limited. If you receive a message saying tickets are no longer available, you may want to check back later, as we may be able to increase the total quantity before the event. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Who’s making the Food


SCOTT DREWNO first landed a job at Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois and is now helming the kitchen at The Source in Washington, D.C., part of the Puck restaurant empire. His passion for modern Asian cuisine has propelled him to earn many accolades, including The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s “Chef of the Year” in 2010.


HAIDAR KAROUM brings Asian flavors to the fore at the recently opened Doi Moi. In July 2010, he earned multi-star reviews as well as semi-finalist status for the James Beard “Best New Restaurant” award. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, completing an extended externship at Michel Richard at Citronelle in Washington, D.C. before graduating with an Associate’s Degree in 1995.


KYLE BAILEY brings an impressive culinary background, a deep commitment to fresh, seasonal ingredients and a passion for beer to his position as Executive Chef of Birch & Barley and ChurchKey, Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s first restaurant and beer bar located in the District of Columbia. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Bailey has worked in world-famous luxury resorts in the Caribbean and Florida, including Restaurant St. Michel in Coral Gables, Florida, as well as several notable NewYork City destinations before finding his way to the nation’s capital.


MICHAEL FRIEDMAN graduated from Boston University's College of Communications before tackling his first position in a professional kitchen. After two years as a chef with Chef Andres, Friedman left his mentor to travel the world. Mike returned to DC as Chef de Cuisine of Proof and At his first solo venture, Friedman offers his guests at The Red Hen a focused selection of Italian-influenced dishes, interpreted with Mid-Atlantic ingredients - his version of modern comfort food.


VICTOR ALBISU has more than a decade of experience in fine dining and upscale French,American and Latin American restaurants. He combines his culinary education with his Latin American heritage to bring a unique style of cuisine to his restaurant concepts Del Campo and Taco Bamba. Albisu is a graduate of LeCordon Bleu School in Paris. His professional culinary journey included Michelin three-star restaurant L’Arpege in Paris, as well as Ceiba, Marcel’s,and Ardeo and Bardeo all in Washington, D.C.



Who’s making the Show


NANTA was produced by PMC Productions (CEO Song,Seung-Hwan) in 1997, first performing in Seoul. Their performance is called COOKIN' in English and it was the first Asian performance to make a debut at Broadway in 2003. Nanta is continuing its journey onto the global stage in more than 53 countries including China, UK, Italy, Brazil, Finland, Japan, Qatar, and more. This is their first performance in Washington DC.


Park, Ji Hyun is an acclaimed Hanbok designer who has been designing Hanbok for the past 25 years, specializing in modern and fusion Hanbok styles. She dresses a popular Korean singer, Song, So-hee, a young singer who roots from Pansori, a Korean traditional music. Ms. Park had shown her collection during 2014 Incheon Asian Games, Korea Style Week, 2010 G20 Summit and other notable events.


Lee, Yong-sun is a modern-generation Pansori singer who graduated from Chonbuk National University. She started singing Pansori from the age of 5, and received a prize from KBS Children’s Pansori Competition at age 10. She is actively performing to achieve popularity of Pansori among young Koreans, and is a member of a Korean world music group Ogamdo.She is a lecturer at Chonbuk Nationa lUniversity and Jeonju University of Education.


You, Tae-pyung-yang gained public attention as a child prodigy in Korean traditional music. He sang “Heungbu-ga,” one of the most challenging piece of Pansori that runs three hours at age 6.This performance is marked as one of his most astonishing achievements. He was selected by The Segye Times as one of“13 Koreans who will shine Korea in the future,” and received an award by the Korean President, “Korean Award for People of Talent.”


Lim, Chung-wha, is a Soprano who actively performs Korean classic songs, called Gagok in Korea. She has been working as a professor in the department of Vocal Music and Musical at Baekseok University. She is an undergraduate from Sookmyung Women’s University and graduated with High Professional Education of Performing Musician degree from The Royal conservatory of The Hague. Lim was invited by the Queen of the Netherlands to perform solo in the musical ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of Mozart at the Hague Royal Gothisch Saal. Her solo performances include over 22 local and overseas concerts, and over 1,000 performances accompanied by the world-famous orchestras.


Lee, Kwangkyu is an imposing and authoritative Bass singer,described as a possessing voice with the “power that one associates with much more mature basses” by The Washington Post. Notable roles of Lee include Sarasto in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, the title role in Don Pasquale, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and many others. He presented solo recitals at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Carnegie Hall in New York, etc. He is a winner of several prizes which include the Grand Prize at the classical Singers Auditions with the Audience Choice Award, Annapolis Opera competition and more. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in voice performance at the University of Maryland at College Park.


Ha, Man Taek, is a Tenor,known for the great beauty of his voice and the soundness of his vocal technique. He was born in Jeon-ju, Korea as a son of a farmer. He started singing in the school choir during high school and from then, continued on his dream. He is currently conducting the Yoido Full Gospel Church Michael Choir and is a professor at Seoul ARTs College.