I’m very excited for my friend, violinist Won Hyung-joon. He has organized a concert that will be performed by musicians from both North and South Korea. The concert will take place at the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) on the evening of August 15, Korea’s Liberation Day when Japan surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II.
Many news articles have already been written about the upcoming concert. The most recent one I’ve seen is from the Korea Joongnang Daily.
There will first be a concert at Independence Gate (서대문구 독립문) on Thursday, August 13. Then the real concert will take place when the Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra goes to the Joint Security Area (JSA) in Panmunjom to meet a 70-member North Korean choir. The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”. Then the North Korean choir will sing a version of “Arirang”. There is only one possible problem: the North Korean choir may not show up.
If the North Korean choir does show up and the two countries do perform together, this concert will be an historical event that may help improve relations between North and South Korea.
I am wishing my friend, the musicians, and everyone involved in this important concert a very successful event. I’m very excited!