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January 8, 2012 - 8th Sejong Music Competition Winners' Concert

Lutkin Hall, Evanston8th Sejong Music Competition Winners' Concert & Award Ceremony

2pm on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University

Open to public - free admission.

Concert Schedule
   2:00-4:40 pm Winners' Concert
   4:40-5:00 pm Award Ceremony

Concert Program

Location Information
Lutkin Recital Hall
Northwestern University
700 University Place
Evanston, IL 60202

Watch the winners concert video clips.

Trenton Takaki, piano
(Piano Senior 1st place)


Jan 22, 2012 Lincoln Trio at Mayne Stage - "Feridnand the Bull"

FerdinandLively Arts of Chicago presents Music in the Neighborhood in Rogers Park

Ferdinand the Bull and Friends,
featuring WFMT's Noel Morris, narrator

"Introduce your child to classical music the fun way with interactive performances (ages 4 and up)"

Admission is FREE

Sunday, January 22, 2012
3:00 – 3:45 pm

Mayne Stage on Morse Avenue
1328 W Morse Ave
Chicago, IL 60626

Lincoln Trio Performances
Disney’s Oscar winning short film
Ferdinand the Bull ends the program
followed by a birthday celebration for
Ferdinand’s 75th and Mozart’s 256th
and a free raffle with prizes

Arrvie early for a hands on instrumen "petting zoo" preceding the program at 2:30 pm.

Lincoln Trio  Mayne Stage

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Jan 21 - 22, 2012 Belsky/Maxwell Piano Duo at Music In The Loft

Belsky/Maxwell Piano Duo Music In The Loft presents

Belsky/Maxwell Piano Duo
Saturday, Januray 21, 2012 8 pm &
Sunday, January 22, 2012 3 pm

Music In The Loft
1017 W. Washington Blvd #4H
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.919.5030



Rachmaninoff - Suite Op. 11
     I. Barcarolle
     II. Scherzo
     VI. Slava (Glory)
Schubert - Fantasy in f minor
Patrick Zimmerli - Fantasy
Stravinsky - Three Movements from Petrouchka (arranged by the performers)
     I. Russian Dance
     II. Petrouchka's Room

Svetlana Belsky and Jennifer Maxwell, piano

The piano four-hands duo of Svetlana Belsky and Jennifer Maxwell debuted with a standing-room-only performance in 2006 and since then have been commended as "artistically attuned to one another" and for "what two women can do with one piano." The Belsky/Maxwell Duo will perform a world premiere by composer-in-residence Patrick Zimmerli, and works by Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Stravinsky.

more at Music In The Loft website



Feb 25, 2012 Performances at the Sejong Cultural Society Benefit Dinner

Sejong Cultural SocietyFundraising Benefit Dinner
for Sejong Cultural Society

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Drury Lane, Oakbrook
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 530-8300

 Won Jung Park

Master of Ceremony: Won Jung Park, KBC TV Chicago, Channel 41

Won J. Park is the producer and the host for KBC TV Ch.41's popular evening show News Magazine for 5 years.
Prior to TV, he was announcer and DJ for various radio stations including Seoul Broadcasting, Radio Korea, and KCBS.
Park also has a professional music career as a choir director, composer, and jazz piano.

Honorable Consul General Chul Huh



Keynote Speech

"Culture as Driving Force of Korea's Progress"
Honorable Chul Huh,
Consul General of Republic of Korea in Chicago


Bongsan TalchumPerformances:

Byungman Son,
Selected solo dance scenes from the Bongsan Talchum (Korean Traditional Mask Dances)
and Salpuri
(solo performances with music accompaniments by Sora Kim, janggu and Noeul Oh, piri)

Korean mask dance dramas are not just dances performed by masked dancers but also include significant dramatic content with masked characters portraying people, animals and sometimes supernatural beings. These folk dramas reflect the frustrations felt by the lower classes towards the Confucian literati Yangban, due to the latter's treatment of the commoners, show the life of the common man and process social problems such as monks who ignore their precepts and men who cast off their old wives.

Mr. Byungman Son has been performing the Korean mask dance over twenty years and has been teaching Bongsan Talchum over eight years in Korea. He is one of the officially designated Bongsan Talchum performer (무형문화재 17호 봉산탈춤 이수자).

What is Bongsan Talchum ? - watch a video clip on YouTube (4 min)
video clip "Welcome to the world of Bongsan Talchum"

Also performances by

Sejong Music Competition Winners:

Trenton Takaki, piano video
(Piano Senior Division First place and
Best Interpretation of Korean Piece award)
Jennifer Cha, violin video
(2010 Violin Senior Division First place and
Best Interpretation of Korean Piece award)
and more...

Ticket: $125 per person,
Current student $60 per person

download an invitation and RSVP card (PDF)

Online reservation can be made from the Sejong Cultural Society's website:
Reservation and more information at Sejong Cultural Society website:



March 9 & 11, 2012 Quartet Ventoso at Music In The Loft

Music In The Loft presents

VentosoYoung Award Winners
Quartet Ventoso

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8 pm
Sunday, March 11 at 3 pm

Music In The Loft
1017 W. Washington Blvd #4H
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.919.5030

Music in the Loft is pleased to announce this year's winner of the Jules M. Laser Chamber Music Competition, the highly-talented Quartet Ventoso! This energetic string quartet will perform a recital at Music in the Loft on March 11 at 8pm and March 13 at 3pm. The concert will also feature a solo performance by Quartet Ventoso cellist, Johannes Gray. We hope to see you there!

The Quartet Ventoso is one of Chicago's most exciting young quartets. The groups name is derived from the Italian word for windy, which reflects their roots in the fantastic windy city, Chicago. The quartet is made up of prize winning students of the Music Institute of Chicago.

Jennifer Cha, violin
Erika Gray, violin

Caitlin Adamson, viola
Johannes Gray, cello

purchase ticket at Music In The Loft website


March 18, 2012 Jennifer Cha, violin with Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra

Sounds of KoreaLincolnwood Chamber Orchestra presents "World Music: Korea"
Jennifer Cha, violin

Sunday, March 18, 2012  3PM
Lincolnwood Community Center
6900 N. Lincoln Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
(847) 673-1540

Admission is free,

Contact: Sejong Cultural Society 312-497-3007


wu-ri-no-rae (Our Song, 우리 노래 ) by Eun Young Lee
Images from Folk Tales (민화 속으로) by Sungki Kim
Praeludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisle

            Jennifer Cha, violin

Tapis for Strings by Isang Yun 


The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra performs “Sounds of Korea” on Sunday, March 18, 3pm, at the Lincolnwood Community Center, 6900 N. Lincoln Ave,, Lincolnwood.

Founder and Music Director Philip Simmons conducts Isang Yun’s Tapis for Strings and two works commissioned by the Sejong Cultural Society especially for this concert: wu-ri-no-rae by Chicago composer Eun Young Lee and "Images from Folk Tales" for Violin and String Orchestra by Sungki Kim.

Violin soloist Jennifer Cha also performs Fritz Kreisler’s Preludium and Allegro.

Sejong Cultural Society

more information


April 22, 2012 Chicago Classical Philharmonic - Adagio & Classic

chicago Classical PhilharmonicChicago Classical Philharmonic presents

"Adagio & Classic

Sunday 5 PM, April 22, 2012

The Salvation Army
Mayfair Community Church

5020 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago IL 60630

Ticket: $25  

call 312-401-2224, 847-331-0987, 847-902-5767


Choonnam Chung, music director

Paul Henry, guitar

Daniel Won, clarinet

Grace Hong, oboe

David Marks, violin

detail info



Orion Ensemble’s “All That Jazz!” concert program

The Orion Ensemble’s “All That Jazz!” concert program

de la Cerna, Gershwin, Fauré in Evanston (May 6), Chicago (May 9) and Geneva (May 13)

As the concluding concert of its 2011–12 season—Chamber Treasures Meet Chicago Jazz—The Orion Ensemble presents “All That Jazz!” featuring a world premiere by guest pianist Miguel de la Cerna, a Fauré quartet and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Orion EnsembleSunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Music Institute of Chicago’s
Nichols Concert Hall,

1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston;

Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Roosevelt University’s Ganz Memorial Hall,
430 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago;

Sunday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
Fox Valley Presbyterian Church
227 East Side Drive in Geneva.

Single tickets are $26
$23 seniors and
$10 students; children
12 and younger are free.

Kathryne Pirtle (clarinet),
Florentina Ramniceanu (violin),
Diana Schmück (piano),
Judy Stone (cello) and
Jennifer Marlas (viola


A four-ticket flexible subscription provides a 10 percent savings on full-priced tickets.

For tickets or more information, call 630-628-9591 or visit orionensemble.org.

more information at Orion Ensemble website: http://orionensemble.org/


May 26, 2012 (Sat) Scholarship Benefit Concert "Love's Joy"

Scholarship Benefit Concert Poster

Love's Joy

May 26 (Saturday), 2012  
7:30 pm

Our Saviors Evangelical Free Church
300 S. Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling, IL 60090


Avalon String Quartet
(Artist Faculty at NIU)
Blaise Magniere
, 1st violin
Marie Wang, 2nd violin
Anthony Devroye, viola
Chen-Hon Lee, cello

Eunsil Ra Kim , soprano
GhiBong Kim
, barritone
Sojung Lee Hong, piano

Jee-Eun Song, piano

Special Sponsor $50 | Music Lovers $20
(예매처: 한국 서적, 생명의 말씀사 847-296-3160 아씨 마켓 건너편



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May 20 - July 6, 2012  "Refreshing" - Exhibition of the Chicago Korean-American Art Association

38th Annual Exhibition of The Chicago Korean-American Art Association
Curated by Sun H. Choi / Co Curated by Jiwon Yoon

      927 Noyes Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201  (847-448-8260)

May 20 – July 6, 2012

This show consists of Western style and Korean traditional paintings, ceramics, video, fiber, mixed media and installations produced by 18 Chicago area artists. Some works on display will be available for sale.

The exhibition was named “Refreshing” to represent the energizing influence of art on the psyche. Art gives people an antidote to their everyday routines. After artistic refreshment the audience is ready to approach life with greater optimism. People experiencing stress in their daily lives derive strength from this exhibition. Their struggle will make people stronger and more energetic; we use artistic expression to overcome challenging environments and thrive.

Sun H. Choi / Inpyo Hong / Arin Han / Jungpyo Hong / Jinyoung Joung / Jaehun Kim /
Ju Sung Kim / Moon Kim / Sung Ho Kim / Yong Jae Lee / Kim Chong Massey / Sunggyun Moon /
Youngwook Nam / Grace I. Park / Soo Shin / Wonbin Yang / Jiwon Yoon / Seong Mo You


June 15, 2012 - Anaphora's season finale at Nichols Concert Hall

Formed in 2008, Anaphora is a network of local musicians and arts enthusiasts collaborating to elevate the classical music scene, playing music from the baroque to contemporary performance art. Anaphora's Season Finale is on Friday, June 15th at Nichols Hall (1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston) at 7:30pm and highlights composers who are each a visionary of their time with works spanning over the last four centuries.

Anaphora  Chamber-music Ensemble
Anaphora Season Finale

Friday, June 15, 2012

Music Institute of Chicago
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

Purchase Tickets:

Advanced Pricing
$15 - Main Floor Seating
$10 - Balcony Seating

At the door (cash only)
$18 - Main Floor Seating
$13 - Balcony Seating

Order Tickets Now
Enter promo code "student" - $5 off ticket prices in both balcony and main floor; must present student ID upon entry


Augusta Reed Thomas
"Silent Moon"
Dave Moss and Aurelien Pederzoli

Gustav Mahler
Piano Quartet
George Lepauw, Aurelien Pederzoli, Dave Moss, Paula Kosower

Igor Stravinsky
Three Pieces
Cory Tiffin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quintet in G Minor

Sang Mee Lee, Aurelien Pederzoli, Dave Moss, Ben Geller, Craig Trompeter

more information on Anaphora's website: www.anaphoraensemble.com


June 16, 2012  "Harmonia" - Piano Duo Music by Ark Ensemble

Soo Lee and Kathy LeeARK ENSEMBLE presents

"HARMONIA", An Evening of Piano Duo Music

Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 pm
Nichols Concert Hall,
Music Institute of Chicago
1490 Chicago Avenue,
Evanston, IL 60201


Katherine Lee, piano
Soo Young Lee, piano



J.C. Bach: Sonata in G major for Two Pianos, Four Hands
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448
Camille Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals for Two Pianos, Four Hands
Witold Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos


Tickets at the door or contact (847) 769-0542
    Adults: $20
    Students & Seniors" $10

    Korean American Community Services
    Leonardo Hair Art by Erica



June 23, 2012 - International Fest at Korean Cultural Center, Wheeling, IL


Saturday, June 23, 2012, 11am–6pm,

at the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago
9930 S. Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL

Event begins with performance of
Queen's Adornment

(11 am)


Experience the cultures of the world at International Fest 2012 on Saturday June 23rd, from 11am–6pm, on the beautiful campus of the Korean Cultural Center (9930 S. Capitol Drive, Wheeling). 

The free event offers attendees a full day of global entertainment through traditional food, drink, entertainment, and goods from dozens of cultures.

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Special Korean Traditional Event Performance " Queen's Adornment"
(Queen's Royal Korean Dress Hanbok)
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 11AM

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June 24, 2012 - Korean Cultural Center 2012 Benefit Dinner and Concert

1Korean Cultural Center of Chicago
2012 Benefit Dinner and Concert

June 24, 2012 6 PM

Northbrook Hilton Hotel
2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL

Donation $100

Concert Artists:

Special Guest: Elizabeth Joy Roe
Soprano Eunsil Ra Kim
Mezzo Soprano Jaejung Shin
Tenor Min Jin
Baritone Ghibong Kim

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July 14 - 31, 2012 - Art Exhibition by Yongkook Byun and Byung Ho Whang

Yongkook ByunArt Exhibition by Byun Yong Gook and Whang Byung Ho

Exhibition Period:
From July 14 to July 31, 2012

Chicago Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery 
 9930 South Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL60090


Opening Reception:
July 14 (Sat) from 4 PM to 7 PM 

Contact: Byun Yong Gook 630-200-4066




September 8 - 16, 2012 - Beethoven Festival 2012 in Chicago

Beethoven Festival 2012

Beethoven Festival 2012

September 8 - 16, 2012
Preston Bradley Center
941 N. Lawrence Ave, Chicago

CHICAGO - The International Beethoven Project (IBP) is excited to announce its second annual Beethoven Festival 2012: REVOLUTION! The festival will run from Saturday, September 8th to Sunday, September 16th and most events will take place at the Preston Bradley Center, 941 N. Lawrence Ave (www.prestonbradley.org). Full festival and single day passes will be available from July 1st at www.internationalbeethovenproject.com. Many performances will be broadcast by Chicago's classical radio station WFMT 98.7FM.


The Beethoven Project Trio

Founded in 2008, the Beethoven Project Trio – with pianist George Lepauw, violinist Sang Mee Lee and cellist Wendy Warner – has already made a mark as one of the most interesting and dynamic chamber groups launched in the last few years. The ensemble has been featured in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio, and on countless Internet sites. Coverage seen by millions of people around the world has included stories in the New York Times, Rheinische Merkur, Atlantic Times, Chicago Tribune, Asia Times, Associated Press, and Newsweek Korea; broadcasts from CBS Evening News and CNN to American Public Media’s Performance Today, Chicago’s WFMT Radio and New York City’s WQXR radio; Internet coverage on Yahoo!News and AOL; and recognition through many other outlets. 

more information on the Beethoven Festival 2012


September 15 & 16, 2012 - Pacifica Quartet and Anthony McGill at Music In The Loft

PacificaPacifica Quartet and Anthony McGill

Saturday, September 15, 7:30pm &
Sunday, September 16, 3pm

Music In The Loft 2012 - 2013 Season Opener

Location: Music In The Loft new venue location at
Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 801
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312.919.5030 - map

Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet, joined by Metropolitan Opera Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill, will launch Music in the Loft's 20th Anniversary Season with a performance of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica Quartet first appeared at Music in the Loft in 1998.


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October 13, 2012 - Korean Traditional Arts Association Performances

Korean Traditional Art Performance


October 13, 2012
7 pm

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd. - Skokie, IL 60077

Midwest Korean Traditional Artist Association presents Korean traditional arts performances celebrating the organization's 10th anniversary.

Ticket Info:
MKTAA 414-403-5190

Sot-Dae focuson forms of flok music and dance such as "Samulnori", Shaman's Goot", "Pansori", "Lion's Mask Dance" in addition to other well known traditions.

Chicago Woori Music Project "Puri"

Chicago Bulta Art Perfroming Dance School Members

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October 21, 2012 - Barkada Quartet Performs at Nichols Concert Hall


1Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m.
Nichols Concert Hall,

1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

Christopher Elchico,
soprano saxophonist
Martí Comas,
alto saxophonist
Steven Lawhon,
tenor saxophonist 
Justin Polyblank,
baritone saxophonist 

Comprising current and former students at the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Barkada Quartet blends the colors and subtlety of traditional chamber ensembles with the flexibility and power of the saxophone.

The Music Institute of Chicago presents the Barkada Quartet, winner of the coveted 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize and the Senior Wind Division Gold Medal. Only the fourth non-string ensemble to take top honors at Fischoff, the Barkada Quartet performs Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. As a Fischoff Winner’s Tour presenting partner, Nichols is a key stop on the Barkada Quartet’s Midwestern tour, which spans the month of October. 

Barkada’s program includes “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by George Frideric Handel; Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire by Gabriel Peirné; Six Bagatelles by Gyorgy Ligeti; Quartets per a saxos, volum 1 by David Salleras Quintana; Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach; String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima” by Philip Glass; “They Might Be Gods” by John Leszczynski; and Recitation Book by David Maslanka.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available online or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. Purchase Ticket at Music Institute of Chicago website: http://www.musicinst.org/barkada-quartet



November 15, 2012 - "Sijo" Poetry at Poetry Foundation

Sijo PoetryThursday, November 15
7 PM

(Door opens 6:30 pm)

by David McCann

Poetry Foundation Lecture Series

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street,
Chicago, IL

(312) 787-7070

Free admission
A reception will follow.

Co-sponsored with
the Sejong Cultural Society


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