Classical Music Dying? Don’t Believe It.

We’ve all heard the reports pronouncing classical music dead of natural causes.  However, I’m here to tell you that it is alive and well, living on in artists such as 12-year-old Soo-Been Lee.

Soo-Been Lee lives and studies at the Korean National Institution for the Gifted in Arts in Seoul, South Korea.

Korea has nearly 50 orchestras and an increasingly prominent place on the international music scene.  Soprano Sumi Jo and conductor Chung Myung-whun may be the best known Korean artists, but expect to hear from many others as Korean musical cauldron continues to boil.

Above, you can hear then 11-year-old Soo-Been Lee’s performance of Henryk Wieniawski’s Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 15 at the Juniors – Finals of the Menuhin Competition Beijing in 2012.  Below, So-young Yoon, winner of the 14th International Wieniawski Violin Competition, plays the Violin Concerto in D Minor Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius.

Classical music is alive and well…and you don’t have to travel to Korea.  Fortunately, we live in a community which values the arts in such a way that one would be hard pressed to take advantage of everything that is available.  As the 2013-14 performance season kicks into gear, take a moment to look around Central Ohio…you’ll find great opportunities to experience Arts and Culture right in your own backyard!

Read K Classics (KoreaNet)

Watch So-young Yoon play the Violin Concerto in D Minor Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius .

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