Nine Korean musicians, including eight members of the internationally-renowned Seoul Flute Choir, enthralled the audience at Katara Drama Theatre on Thursday, performing a series of classical music on stage.
The concert, titled “A Winter Night of Classical Music – Song of Wind from Korea,” was organised by the South Korean embassy in Doha in collaboration with Katara – the Cultural Village.
“We are presenting this special event to share Korean culture with people in Doha, diplomatic colleagues and the Korean community,” said South Korean ambassador Kim Chang-mo at the event, which was attended by a number of diplomats from different missions in Doha, other dignitaries, and guests.
South Korean ambassador Kim Chang-mo speaking at the event
The latest Korean cultural performance featured eight flutists: Bae Jaeyoung, Shim Jaeyoen, Choi Yongseok, Kim Junghyun, Im Jinyoung, Kim Eunjung, Ro Youngju, Shin Jihoon, and pianist Chu Kyojun.
The envoy said eight of the performers are the members of the Seoul Flute Choir, one of the finest flute orchestra in the world founded in 1992, while one of the flutists is a Doha-based musician who showed her excellence at ‘An Autumn Night of Classical Music’ concert in October this year.
The choir is a leading flute orchestra worldwide led by Prof. Jae Young Bae, director of Seoul Nanum Music Group. It was formed with an aim to fulfill social responsibilities of music by endowing love to the neighbors.
Since its first charity concert in 1992, the choir experimented with a wide range of repertoire and new ideas to innovate the flute ensemble and has been hosting a charity concert annually.
The innovative repertoire and the outstanding performing skills accumulated over the years has earned the choir a high reputation – demonstrated by hosting a number of high profiled concerts such as the 50th anniversary Korea-Japan diplomatic relation flute orchestra, and Pyongchang Winter Olympic special concert.
“We are so lucky to have them (Korean musicians) all here on stage,” Chang-mo said, as he thanked the organisers of the show and what he described as “the relentless support of Katara general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti and Katara International Affairs manager Maryam Majed al-Saad.
The concert started with W. A. Mozart’s Overture from “Mariage of Figaro” and concluded with a medley of classical music (I’ll send you a letter, Autumn letter, Moon River, and Try to Remember) by H. Mancini, and Minki Kim, among others.
The group also played E. Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 ‘Morning’, Holberg Suite Op.40; W.A. Mozart’s Andante In C Major K.315 for Flute (with Bae Jaeyoung’s solo flute); Arr. Sungki Kim’s Arirang of the eight provinces; A. Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major Op. 10 “II Gardellino” (with Bae Jaeyoung’s solo flute); and Arr. Sungmin’s A medley of beautiful Korean children’s song.
Citing the deepening ties between Qatar and South Korea, Chang-mo said the two countries established diplomatic relations 45 years ago, and since then, the relations have developed in various perspectives.
“Politically, this year alone, (South) Korea and Qatar together successfully accomplished His Highness the Amir’s visit to Korea, HE the Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon’s visit to Qatar, and four Korean and Qatari Ministers’ visits to each other’s capitals respectively,” he said.
“Economically, while maintaining close co-operation in energy and construction sectors, the two countries are moving forward to areas of future co-operation, as shown by 10 memorandum of understandings and Action Plans signed this year,” the envoy noted.
In line with growing political and economic relations between the two countries, Chang-mo said the South Korean embassy is introducing a number of Korean cultural events to the people in Doha, including traditional and classical concerts, and Taekwondo demonstration.