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Seoul Festival with the LA Phil: Night 1

Fri Jun 6th, 2025 at 8:00PM


Walt Disney Concert Hall
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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South Korea is home to an ever-expanding cohort of inventive composers with fresh ideas and talented performers who have made names for themselves at many of the worlds finest concert halls. In the first of two Seoul Festival programs with the LA Phil, composer Unsuk Chin curates a night showcasing Korean composers and artists who are shaping musical culture and building connections from Seoul to Los Angeles. Composer and UCLA assistant professor Kay Kyurim Rhie was born in South Korea, raised in LA, and she blends influences ranging from film and jazz to European avant-garde to Korean folk melded with the blues. Hankyeol Yoon leads the LA Phil in the world premiere of her new song cycle.

Texu Kims lullaby-inspired Viola Concerto takes its name Ko-oh from the Korean baby-talk word for sleep, and he musically explores the idea of sleep as both a nightly occurrence and a mortal and final destination. USC Thornton faculty Yura Lee performs the world premiere of Kims revised viola showpiece.

In 2006, Sunwook Kim became the first Asian and youngest winner in 40 years when he took top prize in the prestigious Leeds competition with a performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. The work has remained close to his heart, recording it twice and earning praise by Gramophone for his beauty of line and sound and melodies [that] are molded with great sensitivity, particularly in the soulful adagio, and Kim joins the LA Phil to cap off the evening with one of his specialties.

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135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Get Directions)

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