The Los Angeles Korean-American Musicians’ Association (LAKMA) will host a peace concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to benefit Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation (HSICF), a local non-profit organization based in Montebello, Calif. The mission of HSICF is to help provide food and other essential needs to orphans in some of the most impoverished nations, including Tanzania, Cambodia and North Korea.
The“Harmony of Compassion” benefit peace concert will celebrate the 200th birthday of well-known Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi and highlight one of his most famous works, Requiem. Accompanied by the Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and the LAKMA choir, the concert will feature four internationally-acclaimed soloists:
· Yeongmi Kim – A South Korean soprano who has held title roles in various operas, such as Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and La Bohème. Winner of the 2010 Byrd Competition and former member of the New York City Opera, Kim has also had the honor of performing opposite the late Luciano Pavarotti.
· Robert MacNeil – An American tenor who has performed works from Copland to Wagner, in cities from Los Angeles to Rome. An accomplished concert artist, he has sung in more than 60 performances of Handel’s Messiah and made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Britten’s The World of the Spirit.
· A-Kyeong Lee – A mezzo-soprano vocalist from South Korea who has won highly decorated competitions including Mario Del Monaco Competition to Viotto International Competition. She was the first Korean mezzo soprano to win first prize in the 34th Bellini International Singing Competition in 2003.
· Young Bok Kim – A commanding bass who has dazzled audiences and critics with his performances with Sarasota Opera. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Emmy Award through the New York City Opera production of Madame Butterfly which was nationally televised. A native of Seoul, Korea, Kim currently resides in New York.
The concert’s organizer, LAKMA, is a local non-profit organization comprised of Korean-American musicians in California that supports other charitable groups by hosting various musical events. Last year, LAKMA raised more than $10,000 for the Korean American Family Service Center through its “Baroque Night of Christmas” concert in December.
The concert promises an unforgettable evening filled with world-class talent, while promoting peace and spreading awareness about hunger issues plaguing the children of North Korea. For more information about HSICF and to purchase tickets to the concert, visit www.han-schneider.org.
About Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation:
Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation (HSICF), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization, provides basic needs to help improve the health and well-being of orphans around the world. The foundation’s purpose is to realize the vision of its late founder, Sang Man (Sam) Han, once an impoverished orphan in Korea, which was to establish the necessary infrastructure that will enable an ongoing supply of food, medicine and clothing to save the lives of defenseless children in some of the most impoverished nations, including Cambodia, Tanzania, and North Korea. HSICF hopes to continue expanding its work – the sponsoring and maintenance of centers that provide marginalized children the opportunity for safety, good health, affection, and most significantly, the precious commodity of hope – to other various countries in need. For more information, visitwww.han-schneider.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HSICF.
About Los Angeles Korean-American Musicians’ Association:
Los Angeles Korean-American Musicians’ Association (LAKMA) is a non-profit organization of Korean-American musicians in California. Its mission statement is, “We help People through Music.” LAKMA’s goal is to support other non-profit organizations that are in financial need through various musical events and concerts. For more information, visit www.lakma.org.