Benefit concert for Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation
July 12th, 2013, 7:30pm
the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall
Our concert is named “Peace Concert”.
The Los Angeles Korean-American Musician’s Association (LAKMA) is putting on a benefit concert for the Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation. The Han-Schneider International Children’s foundation supports orphaned children in North Korea as well as refugee children around the world. LAKMA and the Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra (LAKPO) are coming together to celebrate the 200th birthday of Italian opera master, Guiseppe Verdi, with a performance of ‘Requiem’. Because July 27th, 2013 will be the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, “Requiem” will be performed not only to commemorate Verdi, but also as tribute to the victims of the Korean War.
About the Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation
The Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation was founded in 2007 by former orphan, “Sam” Sang Man Han. Sang Man Han was orphaned during the outbreak of the Korean War and lived on the streets for several years before meeting an American Professor Dr. Arthur Schneider in Seoul. Dr. Schneider loved Sang Man Han and eventually adopted him and brought to the United States. The mission Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation is to provide life-savingessentials to the world’s most destitute children.
North Korea has been devastated with flooding and drought last year and it has destroyed over 35% of their crop production. Food shortage is widespread and the children are starving and dying every day from mal-nutrition. The children need our help and they need it now. The Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation supports three state-run orphanages in North Korea, Oncheon, P’yongsung and Hwang-Ju with a total of 2,200 orphans, age ranging from infancy to 15 years old.. HSICF’s goal is to offer hope and love to all the defenseless children around the world by providing clothing, medical supplies and food to all children under its care.
About Verdi’s Requiem
A 19th century Italian composer, and one of the greatest Romantic composers, Verdi’s name is synonymous with the Italian opera. Verdi wrote “Requiem”to commemorate the deaths of two Italian cultural greats, composer Giocchino Rossini and novelist Alessandro Manzoni. The piece is a thrilling work of high drama and deep solemnity.
Im Sang Yoon, Conductor
Maestro Im Sang Yoon is a music director for the Los Angeles Korean-American Musicians” Association as well as the Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra. Well known for his passionate interpretations of major choral works with orchestra, Maestro Im’s collaborations are nothing less than outstanding. A conducting major graduate of the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the American Conservatory of Music, Maestro Im is also a current professor at World Mission University.
Yeongmi Kim, Soprano
Yeongmi Kim is a world renowned soprano and recipient of numerous awards including the 1979 Puccini International Vocal Competition. Kim was a top six competitor in the 1981 Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition. The honor allowed her to perform in the opera “L’elisir d’amore” alongside Lucianao Pavarotti—a performance that brought her recognition as one of the world’s best sopranos. A graduate of the Santa Cecilia National Conservatory of Music, Kim is currently a professor at the Korea National University of Art. In 1981 she was selected as one of the best six at the Luciano Pavarotti International vocal competition in Philadelphia. It gave her a chance to perform with Luciano Pavarotti in the opera “ L’elisir d’amore”, which made brought her recognition as one of the world’s best sopranos.
A Kyeong Lee, Mezzo Soprano
Internationally renowned Mezzo soprano, A Kyeong Lee, is well accustomed to recognition. The first-place competitor in the 34th Vincenzo Bellini, 19th Viotti-Valsesia, 6th Alcamo, and 4th Spiros Argiris International Concourses, Lee’s achievements are various and top-tier. After her 1995 debut with the National Opera of Korea, Lee continued with the Opera as prima donna in performances like Aida, Don Carlo, and Il Trovatore among countless others. Lee’s alacrity for music is found not only in her awards and prestigious roles, but her participation concerts such as the Festival of World Peace Concert and Korea National Assembly Concert. Lee graduated Cum Laude from Kyung Hee University’s College of Music and its Graduate School of Music as well as earning certificates from the Orfeo Academia in Parm, Italy; Viotti Academia in Vercelli, Italy; Pier Miranda Ferraro Course in Lanciano, Italy and Rita Orlanid Malaspina Course in Val Sesia, Italy. Lee is currently a professor at Kyung Hee University.
Robert MacNeil, Tenor
Praised by the Los Angeles Times for possessing a voice that is “clarion” and “clear”, tenor Robert MacNeil debuted at the San Francisco Opera debut as the High Priest of Neptune in Mozart’s Idomeneo, and returned to perform in productions of Salome, Le Nozze di Figaro and in Werther—all of which received critical praise. Mr. MacNeil is an accomplished concert artist and has been a soloist in more than sixty performances of Handel’s Messiah, his extensive experience includes performances with groups like the Central Union Philharmonic in Beijing, the Orchestra Roma Symphonia in Rome, and has taken him to world renowned venues like Carnegie Hall. Mr. Macneil received his B.M. from Chapman University and M.M. from the University of Southern California. At the University of Southern California, he was a Marilyn Horne Scholar and was named Most Outstanding Graduate Student from the Thornton School of Music. Mr. MacNeil is currently on the voice faculty of World Mission University in Los Angeles and was previously on the faculties of Citrus College and Irvine Valley College.
Young Bok Kim, Bass
The commanding Bass, Young-Bok Kim, has dazzled audiences and critics as the title roles in the Sarasota Opera’s productions of Attila, Colline in La Boheme, Massimiliano in I Masnadieri, Nilakantha in Lakme, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Sarastro in Die Zauberflote. Recently awarded the prestigious Emmy Award by New York City Opera for his role in Madama Butterfly, Kim’s repertoire includes, title roles in Attila, Ramfis in Aïda, Massimilliano in I Masnadieri, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Phillip II in Don Carlos, Lodovico/Montano in Otello, Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra, Frere Laurent in Romeo et Juliette, Padre Guardiano in La forza del Destino. A native of Seoul, Korea, Kim first obtained his bachelors and masters degrees in music from Chung-Ang University in Korea, completed a second masters and professional studies certificate from the Mannes College of Music, where he received the Marion Marcus Wahl Award for Excellence in Performance. After Mannes, Kim went on to further his studies at the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center.
Today, he actively shares his gift around the world and his upcoming performances include Ferrando in Il