Maestro Lee back to concert for celebrating liberation, Korea, held for the first time in 3 years from pandemic


New Atlantaphilharmonic performing at Gas South on the 31st of July

Maestro Eugene Lee brought the popera singer Christine Jeong, Soprano CanJingjing-Cui, and other colorful performance

The theme song of Atlanta Koreans “We Are All One” premired, Dvorak, Smetana, Korean Arts Songs, Opera Aria, and others

(Atlanta=Global News Today) The Grand Concert for celebrating Liberation Day, Korea, in Atlanta, which was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held on the 31st of July, after three years, with full seats on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Gas South Theater and ended in a grand way.

The New Atlanta Philharmonic led by Maestro Eugene Lee perfomed National anthem, opera arias, musicals, and medleys of Korean Arts songs, and symphonic poems and symphoniesis with the popera sopranos Christine Jeong, Eunice Kang, Chinese soprano CanJingjing-Cui, and the Korean choir -mainly of senior members (president Sung-ja Kang) including Aaron Kim (8th grade), who has appeared in this concert since a five-year-old.

 The audience expressed one mind through the music, shouting ‘Korea, Atlanta, Korea, we are all one’ and clapping hands to the rhythm to the Atlanta Korean song “We Are All One”, written by Kang Shin-beom and composed by Eugene Lee, which was premiered on this day. .

In addition, ‘When a Baby Shark Meets Arirang’, arranged by maestro Lee for a children’s audience, drew great attention from the audience by presenting various orchestral tones for each instrument.     

Maestro Eugene Lee and the New Atlanta Philharmonic, presenting the 21st Liberation Day concert to the Korean community this year, prepared a variety of programs for this performance as well.

Michelle Kang, Community Relations Director of New Atlanta Philharmonic was a MC. And Consul General Park Yoon-joo, Korean President Simon Lee, and Eric Kim, chairman of the Atlanta Peaceful Unification Advisory Council, delivered congratulatory speeches.

Rep. Pedro Marine then took the stage to deliver Governor Brian Kemp’s congratulations and awarded a commendation resolution recognizing Eugene Lee’s 20-year musical activities and dedication.

Christine Jeong, a famous popera soprano, sang Eric Satie’s ‘Je te veux’ under Maestro Eugene Lee, and the famous aria ‘Je veux vivre (I want to live)’ from the opera ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Gounod and ‘New Arirang, ‘I could have danced all night‘ from the musical ‘My Fair Lady‘.

In particular, when Christie Jeong changed into a hanbok, Korean traditional in singing New Arirang, exclamations burst out from the audience.

In addition, the theme song of the Korean community of Atlanta, “We Are All One,” premiered by soprano Eunice Kang’s singing and rapping with hip-hop dancer.

Meanwhile, the works of two composers produced by the Czech Republic, who fought for 100 years of independence struggle in modern history, performed; Lee led Smetana’s symphonic poem ‘Moldau’ and Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’ with dynamic conducting, calling for nostalgia for the mother land.  

In addition, Elgar’s ‘Pomp and Circumstance was played, and the Korean chorale sang the medley of Korean Arts songs: Pioneer, Barley Field, Hometown Song, and Hometown Spring with the audience to soothe the longing for Korea and relieve the longing for Korea, and blown away the stress  

Maestro Eugene Lee said, “Thank you so much for your support. Next year, we plan to perform a creative Korean opera that deals with the stories of independence activists such as General Kim Jwa-jin and Ahn Jung-geun in the form of a gala concert, and introduce Korean arts songs by local composers in Atlata.

Choi Byung-il, president of the Southeast Korean Association, said, “It was a really moving stage. I felt that the power of music was really superior. Through music, everyone became one.”

This concert was sponsored by Kingdermizer, Georgia Korea Fellowship, Atlanta Peaceful Unification Advisory Council, Atlanta Korean Association, Southeast Korean Association, and Asian Arts and Culture Foundation. (Global News Today)


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