By Kim Hyelin and Lee Jihae
With 2019 nearly at an end, Korean Cultural Centers (KCCs) around the world are hosting year-end events. The following is a schedule of such events in December.
The KCC here on Dec. 14 will host a performance by the Korea-Turkey Friendship Choir and Ankara Kent Orchestra. Formed this year, the choir comprises Turkish and Korean members and will perform leading songs from the two countries.
An evening event from Dec. 15-17 will be held for Egyptian media and aficionados of Korean culture. The event will reflect on the KCC’s cultural events and educational programs conducted this year and those planned for next year.
Dec. 11 will see the “2019 KCC Year-End Concert with Korean Artist Virtuosi” at Anderson House, with performers to include violinist Lee You-jin, cellist Kim Min-ji and pianist Kim Do-hyun.
An exhibition commemorating the centennial anniversary of Korea’s March First Independence Movement and the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government, “Road Show 2019: From Shanghai to Chongqing,” will run through Dec. 21 on the third floor of the KCC. Scheduled for showing are about 30 videos and photos of contemporary artists who traveled to the seats of the provisional government in Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou.
The inaugural Korea Creative Music Festival will be held on Dec. 1 and 3 under the joint hosting of the festival’s organizing committee and the KCC in Berlin. Held in Konzerthaus, the event seeks to promote Korea’s creative music. The first day will feature Western instruments and the second day will feature traditional Korean instruments. Groups such as Gyeonggi Gayageum Ensemble and Ensemble NMK will perform.
An exhibition of white porcelain will run until Feb. 28. The porcelain pieces on display show a combination of traditional and modern designs and include tableware, teacups and other goods. The exhibition will show the charm of white porcelain’s graceful and warm colors.
The National Auditorium of Music, the Madrid Symphony Orchestra and pianist Mun Ji-yeong on Dec. 2 will hold a joint performance. Mun won the top awards in the 2014 Geneva International Music Competition in Switzerland and the 2015 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy. This performance will mark her debut in Spain, where she will play Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninoff and “Ivan IV” by Prokofiev.