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Petit Concert Series 2016: Soprano Lilly Ahn

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. at the Korean Embassy kicks off its Petit Concert Series 2016 with rising star soprano Lilly Ahn, performing Western and Korean classics in an intimate setting for diplomats and other Washington, D.C. elites on May 24, starting at noon. 

The program, held several times each year, aims to spotlight exceptional talent among an expanding global field of Korean and Korean American musicians and performers, from opera to classical to jazz. Welcoming DC’s unique mix of diplomats and government officials, the program also advances Korea’s special brand of cultural diplomacy combining culinary and musical arts. 

Lilly Ahn left South Korea for the United States at age 15, where she earned her Bachelor’s from Catholic University and her Master’s from the University of Maryland, both studying music. She now performs professionally across the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions in opera, as a soloist, and through community engagement, while pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. 

The Petit Concert Series 2016 welcomes guests by invitation only, but press are welcome to inquire about special coverage. 

Petit Concert Series 2016: Soprano Lilly Ahn 
WHAT: 30-minute petit concert and reception 
WHO: Lilly Ahn, Soprano; pianist Alexei Ulitin
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW) 
HOW: By invitation only
CONTACT: Minjoo Kim, m_kyra@koreaembassy.org, (202) 587-6163

Soprano Lilly Ahn (Junghee Ahn) came to the United States from South Korea at age 15 and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in music studying vocal performance at Catholic University, and was a recipient of the Se-Jong Scholarship in 2005. Her performance roles includes Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Papagena in The Magic Flute, and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, in concert halls across the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. Her experience as a soloist extends from contemporary works to Handel's Messiah.

Ms. Ahn was accepted into the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and later completed her master’s in music in vocal performance at the University of Maryland under the direction of Dominic Cossa. She is currently enrolled in the Doctoral in Musical Arts program at the University of Maryland while maintaining a busy professional schedule as music director of her church choir, soloist for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society under conductor Tom Hall, and other performances, including a recently televised concert performing Mozart’s Hallelujah.

Pianist Alexei Ulitin, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rowan University in New Jersey and a Master of Music degree from the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev. Currently, Alexei is a Doctor of Musical Arts student and a Graduate Assistant in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland. 

The Petit Concert Series hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea presents exceptional musicians from Korea and the United States performing classical Western, jazz, contemporary, and Korean music for an international audience in an intimate setting. Welcoming staff of local embassies, cultural centers, international organizations, and government offices, the program aims to conduct a uniquely Washingtonian form of cultural diplomacy and networking. Participants are invited to meet their diplomatic neighbors and colleagues from around the world, while building new relationships through a shared appreciation of great music.