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The Third Annual Korean Culture Week

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the Third Annual Korean Culture Week at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, September 25-27, 2018. This three-day event will take audiences on a musical journey from the traditional to the cutting-edge sound and style of Korea today. Traditional folk roots intersect with the dynamic energy of popular culture and Western classics are infused with innovative twists, all through a diversity of live performances.

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 25 & 26 at 6:00 p.m. daily 
Millennium Stage | FREE ADMISSION

Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater | Tickets Required ($25) via the Kennedy Center HERE

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Korean Cultural Center: 202-797-6343
Kennedy Center: www.kennedy-center.org or 202-467-4600

Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. | Millennium Stage | FREE
Heart to Heart Orchestra: A Classical Performance

Founded in 2006, Heart to Heart Orchestra provides music education opportunities to young people with developmental disabilities and works to increase overall public access to great music. The orchestra has successfully performed worldwide for more than 10 years to improve social understanding for and of people with disabilities.

The orchestra has performed on prestigious stages, including at the Seoul Arts Center, and toured internationally in the United States and Canada. With inspiring performances that transcend the notion of individual challenges and a commitment to enhance social inclusion of people with disabilities, the orchestra has communicated and connected with audiences from all walks of life. The orchestra performed on tour in Los Angeles and Chicago in 2008 and Vancouver, Canada in 2017, while also collaborating with art groups in Korea and around the world. 

Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m.| Millennium Stage | FREE
Coreyah: Traditional and Modern Korean Music

The innovative Korean/world music group Coreyah combines traditional and contemporary rhythms with consummate ease. Indeed, the group’s original genre of music aims to break down those stylistic barriers. Rooted in Korean folklore, Coreyah strives to create living Korean music by incorporating various forms of world music heritage, such as Anglo-American rock, Balkan gypsy, and a variety of musical genres from South America and Africa.

The name Co – Re – Yah, a Sino-Korean homonym, refers to inheritance of the past, and serves to inspire modern music fans to appreciate performance that incorporates older music elements. In Korean, “Coreyah” also means whale—the group’s emblematic animal and good luck charm. Since their 2010 debut, Coreyah has been expanding its musical domain by actively blurring the distinction between old and new.

Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Communion by Park Jiha Music Ensemble

Communion, performed by the Park Jiha music ensemble, builds iconic soundscapes by merging traditional Korean music instruments and percussion with instruments from a Western jazz background. The performance brings new ideas which create sonic stories and new ways of approaching music.

The performance will open up an experience of woodwind-based neoclassical and ultimately innovative music from Korea. The music of composer/performer Park Jiha blends classical minimalism and improvised music with traditional Korean instruments like the piri (double-reed bamboo flute), saenghwang (bamboo mouth organ), and yanggeum (hammered dulcimer).