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Art and Culture

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For today's arts and culture update, our Michelle Kim is here to tell us about some events that we can look forward to in London and the U.S.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today

[Reporter : ] Well, last Friday I shared a couple of events going on in London that showcase Korean culture, and today I'd like to tell you about two more that will be happening today and tomorrow. Here are two very interesting music performances for visitors and residents to enjoy. Take a look.

Lee Ja-ram may not be a household name outside of Korea, but she does have an unusual claim to fame. She holds the Guinness World Record for the longest pansori performance, a title she earned at the age of 20 for her 8-hour performance of "Chunhyangga" in 1999.

Today, she will bring her talents to London with a perforamnce of "Sachun-ga", an original work that mixes pansori and the play "The Good Woman of Setzuan" by Bertolt Brecht.

Lee is no stranger to marathon singing events. She has been singing since she was 5 and started studying pansori at the age of 11. By the time she was in high school, she had performed "Simcheongga", a four-hour piece.

Another concert in London will showcase the talents of soprano Sumi Jo, violinist Sarah Jang, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The three will join forces in a concert at the South Bank Centre's Royal Festival Hall tomorrow.
The concert is part of the "All Eyes on Korea" festival, which was launched by the Korean Cultural Centre in London to highlight Korean arts and culture during the Olympics.

That sounds like a great event and I wish I were there to experience it. On one day you can enjoy traditional Korean music infused with elements of theater and on the next day you can hear music by two of Korea's most famous musicians -- Sumi Jo and Sarah Jang.

[Reporter : ] It's incredible to think that people in London will have the chance to see two such different music performances featuring such amazing musicians in a span of two days. This really is something that everyone, not just Koreans, should look forward to because there is no doubt the two concerts will be mind-blowing.

The people who are in London right now are certainly lucky to have this chance. 

And now, to wrap things up, you have some events for our viewers here in Korea, right

[Reporter : ] Yes I do. Today's events bulletin contains three concerts by three artists -- Yoon Jong-shin, Yoon Han and Lee So-eun. The three will be singing calm and peaceful melodies so I think any one of the three concerts would be perfect for a date night. Here are the details so you can make those reservations.

[Reporter : ed: jenny] This bulletin features 3 events.

Singer Yoon Jong-shin will be performing at Daehangno Culture Space NU from August 20th to 26th. Yoon is not only famous for his songs and songwriting skills, he has also recently gained widespread attention from the general public for his comedic talents with appearances on a variety of different shows.

Multi-talented artist Yoon Han will be performing at Ewha Womans University's Samsung Hall on August 25th. A pianist, composer and singer, Yoon sings an eclectic mix of songs from musical theater hits to romantic ballads.

Singer Lee So-eun will be holding a concert at Sogang University's Mary Hall on September 1st. She is currently a practicing attorney in the United States. She is in Korea for a visit to entertain fans with a catalogue of songs recorded since her debut in 1998.

Thank you for the update

[Reporter : ] My pleasure.

Reporter : dainee@arirang.co.kr

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