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Classical musicians held a concert for children in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio

Korean musicians, from left, Gun Hyung Nam, Chang Woo Sohn, Jukang Lee, and Seokwon Lee. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

DOUBLE-BASS player Chang Woo Sohn recently fulfilled his promise to come back on Saipan and held a mini concert at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s children’s room to the delight of his young audience.

This time, Sohn brought with him violinists Gun Hyung Nam and Jukang Lee and cellist Seokwon Lee.

When Sohn did a post-Valentine mini concert in February, he promised the audience that he will be back on summer and will bring more musicians.

“Last time I was here. People get to listen to double-bass music. It was not really fun and enjoyable. But now, I brought more musicians so people can listen to different music from different instruments. He said they all came here free of charge. We paid for our own tickets and accommodations.”

“It is expensive to bring good musicians from other country to the island. We are doing this because we want to share our music and they want to share what they learned from the university,” Sohn said.

The audience of the July 20 event was composed mostly of children.

Sohn said he enjoyed the reception from the children.

“They are lively. They are easy to please.”

He added the musicians enjoyed promoting music and introducing musical instruments to children.

“They want to focus on volunteering by bringing music in other places, such as Saipan.”

According to JKPL technical services librarian Beth Demapan, “Libraries rock” is this year’s theme, which aims to promote music literacy in the community.

“We were not privileged because we are on small island and we did not get to see all these classical musicians come here. This is to expose them to music. It is different from seeing it in YouTube. It is one thing to watch, see and experience it first-hand,” Demapan said in an earlier interview.

Sohn is a university professor at Kookmin University in South Korea.


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Lori Lyn Lirio
Lori Lyn C. Lirio is a veteran newshen having worked for the People's Journal Tonight for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University. She currently writes for the Marianas Variety, Saipan's number one community paper. .

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