74-year-old Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director, Riccardo Muti, could not have been more confident going into last week's concerts in South Korea -- predicting that the attendees at the Seoul Arts Center would not soon forget the CSO's performance there. It seems that that hubris might have led to his having to cancel his upcoming February residency back in the Windy City. While the shows went off without a hitch, a minor accident between the final January 29 concert and Muti's return home led to his needing an emergency hip operation and some time off.
While it may be losing its footing this side of the globe, jazz in South Korea is apparently on the rise. This rise is perhaps none more evident than at the country's Jarasum International Jazz Festival, which takes place a couple hours outside of Seoul. Youngsters of the nation have found a new appreciation for jazz and gather en masse to witness it performed in concert.
The government in South Korea has announced that they will play classical music in poverty-stricken area of Seoul at the beginning of April in hopes of preventing crime.
Changmin, singer for the popular South Korean boy band 2AM, has been appointed as the applied music education professor at Sohae University in Gunsan, North Jeolla, South Korea. According to a statement released by university officials, the school hired Changmin due to his experience as a vocal coach and his vocal talent. They also hope the singer will become an inspiration to their students. “We highly regard Lee Changmin’s experience as a vocal trainer before making his debut as an idol star. He has experience as both a vocal trainer and a singer. Many take years of trainee practice to even debut as a singer, but Changmin made his debut in just a few months. That was possible because of his talented vocal skills,” said university officials in the statement. Changmin’s experience as a singer began in 2008 when he made his successful debut through JYP Entertainment's ballad boy group 2AM. But Changmin was a successful voice coach before joining the band. In 2010, 2AM received Digital Album Awards at the 25th Golden Disk Awards with their song “Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die.”