2013 Special Olympics PyeongChang Music Concert marks 100 day countdown
Sports Features Communications
October 5 - A special concert celebrating 100 days to go until the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, will be held at the Opera House, Seoul Arts Center on October 9th.
The event is called “Together in Harmony” and is sponsored by the Special Olympics World Winter Games Organizing Committee PyeongChang 2013.
The Heart to Heart Orchestra is composed of young people with developmental disabilities and the students from the Korea National University of Arts. Some 1,700 people with intellectual disabilities, their families, sponsors and Special Olympics associates are expected to attend the concert.
Created by the Heart to Heart Foundation, the orchestra is the first for young people with developmental disabilities in South Korea. The orchestra started in 2006 and it promotes excellence in music and has held 140 concerts.
The orchestra helps young people with developmental disabilities overcome barriers by leading them to develop social skills. By doing so, the orchestra members create an inclusive society where people with and without disabilities can achieve their full potential.
The Heart to Heart Orchestra was honored for its work in arts and culture for an isolated population when it received the 2011 Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Award. A KBS Special Documentary, “Miracle Orchestra performing to the World,” and an MBC Special, “Oodangtangtang Orchestra,” brought further recognition to the group. They also performed at the Pre-Games events for the Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013.
“The Games Organizing Committee prepared this meaningful concert to wish for the success of the 2013 Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities and the sponsors of the Games. One hundred days are left until the Games, and we will do our best to hold the best Special Olympics World Games with cultural depth and emotional resonance” said Na Kyung Won, chair of the Games Organizing Committee.
The “Together in Harmony” concert features the Chopin Etudes Op.10 No.12 in C-minor. “Revolutionary” will be performed by Kim Ji Hyun, a Poong-Am High School student. Kim began playing piano when he was seven. Known as a perfectionist, he is constantly practicing at the piano. Despite his language disability and tic disorder, he is an accomplished piano player.
The young man has expanded his musical repertoire to include drums, electric, bass and acoustic guitar and has branched into composing.
The prestigious Korea National University of Arts students and graduates orchestra under the direction of former school Chancellor Lee Kang Seok will perform. Graduates Clara Jumi Kang and Son Yeol Eum will be highlighted on the violin and piano.
PyeongChang 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games will run Jan. 29-Feb. 5 in PyeongChang and Gangneung in the Gangwon Province.
For more information about the 2013 Winter Games, please visit http://www.2013sopoc.org .
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