[KS] Hallyu hits Cymru! (revised version)

Afostercarter at aol.com Afostercarter at aol.com
Sun Jun 19 17:56:51 EDT 2005

Subj:   Hallyu hits Cymru!  
Date:   19/06/2005 22:50:03 GMT Standard Time   
From:   Afostercarter   
To: Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws   

Dear fellow Korean culture vultures,

Korea had a great night at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest
- perhaps the world's leading song competition in Western classical music.

The audience prize went to the London-based soprano Lee Hayoung,
although to general surprise she didn't make the final.
Her repertoire included "Snow" by Kim Hyokin.

Although no one pointed it out, the overall winner, the US soprano
Nicole Cabell, is also one-quarter Korean - as well as black, and white.
In an earlier round, she sang a wonderful setting of the Langston Hughes poem 

Dream Variations - the one that ends: "Night coming tenderly / Black like 

In a very different genre, one of the rising stars of r'n'b (which used to 
something different), Amerie, is also of mixed Black and Korean origin.
Googling "Nicole Cabell" gives 322 entries; that number will grow.
The same exercise for "Amerie" yields over a million. Popular culture indeed!

Back to classical music. One of the best young UK-based chamber ensembles
is the Emperor Trio, whose members cover the northeast Asian waterfront:
So-Ock Kim, violin
Li-Wei Qin, cello
Naomi Iwase, piano

It would be nice if their three governments could achieve the same harmony.

-- End of miscellaneous cultural bulletin. A lot less depressing than 
Further info at links below.

Best wishes

Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology & Modern Korea, Leeds University 

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