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Korean Soprano Lilly Ahn Captivates DC Diplomats image

Korean Soprano Lilly Ahn Captivates DC Diplomats

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. drew an impressive crowd of more than 70 diplomats and DC elites for the launch of its Petit Concert Series 2016 on May 24, featuring rising star soprano Lilly Ahn. 

Ahn, a soloist for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, was on stage with Ukranian pianist and fellow doctoral candidate in music at the University of Maryland, Alexei Ulitin. With a harmony of beautiful voice and graceful melody, they captivated their audience with a mixed Korean and Western program, including O mio babbino caro from the opera Giani Schicchi, La canzone di Doretta from La Rondine by Puccini, Spring Waters by Rachmaninoff, and traditional Korean song Azalea by Dong-Jin Kim. 

“As a Korean, I am happy to perform in front of many guests from embassies and international organizations,” said Ahn. “I would definitely like to perform again if there is a chance.” 

Olha Ivanova, head of the Ukrainian Embassy’s Culture and Information Center, visited the KCC for the first time and chatted with her counterpart, KCC Director Myeongsun Park, about the excellence of the two performers during the lunch reception. 

The Petit Concert Series, 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.