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December 3, 2013

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

     

Good morning, Excellency!
Here are The Korea Post news, African proverbs, humor from Korean-language economic dailies, and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:
/s/
        
Lee Kyung-sik
Publisher-Chairman
Korea Post Media
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The Korea Post news

'One of Seven Wonders of Winter' for a 22-day run

Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival opens Jan. 4

Named one of the 'even Wonders of Winter' by CNN and Lonely Planet, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival is probably the most famous winter event in Korea. During the month of January every year, more than 1,000,000 people swarm Hwacheon in Gangwon province hoping to catch mountain trout bare-hand or ice fishing.

Mayor Chung Gap-cheol invites the Ambassadors and families to attend of Festival on Thursday January 17, 2014 and The Korea Post is transmitting the Invitation of Mayor Chung to the Excellencies with a detailed schedule of the Festival. (Further details and photos are toward the end of this Headlines.)

1.4 million persons reportedly visited Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival last year having their fill of the joys of the winter--ice-fishing mountain trouts and treating their eyes to the colorful lanterns of the angels at the Seondeung Candle Light Festival that takes place in the night.
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At the KUK Cultural Foundation Building behind Ritz Carlton Hotel

KUP hosts Year-end Concert with famed World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea

The Korea United Pharmaceutical Co. (KUP), hosts a Gala Year-end Dinner and Concert at the Cultural Foundation Building of the Company in Seoul (located behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel) on Dec. 26, 2013. It is presented by the famed World Vision of Korea Children’s Choir. Chairman Kang Duk-yung of the KUP invites the ambassadors and madams to the prestigious concert.

Members of the Sunmyung-hoe World Vision Children’s Choir in performance

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Dr. Sang-Ki Hahn's African wise-saying:

The tree on the bank of a river rarely wither.
-A Ghanaian proverb

The tree that is hard does not stand long on the farm.
- A Ghanaian proverb

The brown leaves are on the tree, while the green ones are dropping.
- A Ghanaian proverb
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Humor from Korean-language economic dailies this morning:

Seoul Kyungje

There was a new hair salon which opened up right across the street from the old established hair cutters' place.
They put up a big sign, "WE GIVE SEVEN DOLLAR HAIR CUTS!"
Not to be outdone, the old shop put out their own sign: "WE FIX SEVEN DOLLAR HAIR CUTS"

Hankuk Kyungje
Dear Abby
Dear Abby admitted she was at loss to answer the following:
-What can I do about all the sex, nudity, foul language and violence on VCR?
-I’ve suspected that my husband has been fooling around, and when confronted with the evidence, he denied everything and said it would never happen again.
-I was married to George for three months and I didn’t know he drank until one night he came home sober.
-You told some woman whose husband had lost all interest in sex to send him to a doctor. Well, my husband lost all interest in sex and he is a doctor. Now what do I do?
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KBS (
http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)
Pres. Park Appoints Health Minister, Prosecutor-General and BAI Chief
President Park Geun-hye has appointed a new health minister, prosecutor-general and top state auditor.

Party Leaders to Meet Again Tues. over Nat'l Assembly DeadlockThe party chairmen and floor leaders of the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition Democratic Party met Monday but failed to reach any agreements.

Foreign Minister Yun Cancels Trip Amid Northeast Asia Tensions
Anchor: Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se has abruptly canceled a trip overseas. A Foreign Ministry source says Minister Yun will remain in the country this week and focus on pending diplomatic issues such as China's unilaterally declared air defense identification zone.

Main Opposition DP 'Outraged' by President's Appointments
The main opposition party denounced the president on Monday as she pushed ahead to appoint a new health minister, top state auditor and head prosecutor.

Party Leaders to Meet Again Tues. over Nat'l Assembly Deadlock
The party chairmen and floor leaders of the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition Democratic Party met Monday but failed to reach any agreements.

KOSPI Closes Lower on Selling by Institutions
Korean shares have closed lower on net selling by institutions.
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Yonhap (
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr)
S. Korea seeks U.S. understanding on plans for new air zone
South Korea is in early consultations with the United Stats over its reported plans to redraw a maritime air defense zone in response to China's declaration of its own air zone in the East China Sea, a diplomatic source said Monday.

White House urges N. Korea to free U.S. citizens
The White House demanded Monday North Korea immediately release two American men held there -- Kenneth Bae and Merrill Newman.

Technicians tasked with setting up RFID system check Kaesong complex
South Korean technicians tasked with inspecting potential sites in North Korea for wireless tagging system to facilitate cross-border movements of people and materials to and from the joint factory park returned home, the Seoul government said Monday.

Rival party leaders fail to produce breakthrough in talks over political standoff
Leaders of the ruling and main opposition parties met Monday to discuss a way out of the political standoff surrounding the state's alleged interference in last year's presidential election, among other issues, but produced no breakthrough, both sides said.
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The Korea Herald (
http://www.koreaherald.com)
Park snubs opposition, appoints top officials
President Park Geun-hye pressed ahead with her controversial appointment of senior officials Monday despite strong objec...

Biden embarks on Asia tour amid heightened tension
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a three-nation Asia tour amid heightened tensions over China’s recent declaration of a new air defense zone in the East China S...

Samsung heir apparent’s power grows in annual reshuffle
The key points in Samsung Group’s latest personnel reshuffling are the concentration of power ...

Murder, jealousy and lust
There isn’t much depiction of filial love and Confucian integrity. Instead, expect to read abo...

Technicians tasked with setting up RFID system check Kaesong complex
South Korean technicians tasked with inspecting potential sites in North Korea for wireless tagging system to facilitate cross-border movements of people and materials to and from the joint factory park returned home, the Seoul government said Monday.

KB Financial places bid for two Woori units
KB Financial Group made its bid Monday to buy two affiliates of Woori Finance Holdings Co., as the government moves a step closer to privatizing the state-run banking group, officials said.

Park’s foreign policy put to test
Experts say South Korea needs more balanced, clear, flexible policies
Fresh tension over China’s new air defense zone is posing a new foreign policy test to President Park Geun-hye, who is already hamstrung by an unapologetic Japan, an impasse in inter-Korean ties and intensifying competition between the U.S. and China.

Park visits provinces in gesture to care for livelihoods despite political standoff
President Park Geun-hye traveled Monday to the southeastern city of Andong on a trip seen as aimed at underscoring her commitment to bread-and-butter issues despite the worsening parliamentary standoff with the opposition party.

Prosecution says it has evidence of Blue House role in Chae scandal

Job application process simplified for foreign students

N.K. joins international satellite organization

N.K. preps for 2nd anniversary of late leader’s death

N.K. to hold construction sector leaders meeting

Technicians to set up RFID system in Gaeseong

Another animal escape raises zoo safety concerns

Hanjin Heavy Industries chairman’s wife dies at home
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The Korea Times (
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)
Park pushes ahead with appointments
President Park Geun-hye Monday pressed ahead with key appointments, worsening a gridlock at the National Assembly. Hwang Chan-hyon was appointed as chief of the Board of Audit and Inspection; Kim Jin-tae as the prosecutor genera...

Knife threat shakes Saenuri lawmaker's office
Saenuri lawmaker Ha Tae-kyung’s office received a kitchen knife with a life-threatening letter from an anonymous sender, sources reported on Monday.

Carriers told to ignore China rule  
The government instructed Korean carriers Monday not to comply with China’s new air defense zone r... 

James Kim is first Korean American to head AMCHAM  
Korean Americans are playing a bigger role in promoting political and business ties betweenKorea a... 

`No more stray golf balls' 
In response to The Korea Times’ article on Nov. 22, entitled “Golf balls from U.S. camp threaten s... 

Volkswagen threatens BMW's reign 
Volkswagen is threatening BMW’s reign by cashing in on a changing market trend. That new trend is ... 

Ex-con Korean gamer recycled in China 
Former professional gamer Ma Jae-yoon, 26, who was banned from competing in Korea e-Sports Associa... 

Namyang seeks to challenge Dongsuh in coffee market  
Korean food companies are stepping up efforts to export home-made coffee mix. In the latest move, ... 

Seoul to declare new air defense zone  
Seoul plans to declare a bigger Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) that encompasses the airspa... 

Cheong Wa Dae on suspicion over top prosecutor removal  
Suspicion about Cheong Wa Dae’s involvement in the elimination of former Prosecutor General Chae D...

 

Foreign students to get easier access to part-time jobs  
Foreign students in Korea will get part time jobs easily and faster based on relaxed paper work re...
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Dong A (
http://english.donga.com)
Rival partie to make big deal to prevent colossal collapse
The delegations of the ruling and main opposition parties met on Monday to discuss ways to normalize the National Assembly but failed to narrow differences in their negotiations. The delegations agreed to meet on...

Samsung C&T wins a $1.22 billion deal in Saudi Arabia
Samsung C&T Corporation won a 1.3 trillion-won(1.22 billion dollar) power plant project in Saudi Arabia. The company set a record in overseas orders in the Korean construction industry by raking in 12.5 billion dollars...

U.S. Vice President starts Korea-China-Japan tour
Amid heightening risk over China`s Air Defense Identification Zone, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Tokyo Monday to start a tour of Korea, China and Japan. The visit was urgently decided after the...

Buddhist painting repatriated from Japan was drawn in width
"Ssanglim Nirvana," a Buddhist painting that was created in Joseon Dynasty and was repatriated to Korea from Japan in July this year was confirmed to be the oldest Buddhist painting drawn in width found so far. Art...
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Chosun Ilbo (
http://english.chosun.com)
Strong Won Fuels Record Credit Card Spending Abroad
Overseas credit card spending reached a new record in the third quarter despite the continuing slump. According to the Bank of Korea, Koreans spent W2.71 billion abroad in July to September, up 14 percent compared to the same period of 2012.

91% of Koreans Think Lawmakers Are Doing a Bad Job
Only 6.5 percent of Koreans believe their lawmakers are doing a good job, a survey by Media Research for TV Chosun suggests. More people expect the opposition to win regional elections in June next year. Some 91.1 percent said lawmakers are doing a bad job in the National Assembly.

Korea to Reach $1 Trillion in Trade Again This Year
Korea's total trade volume surpassed US$980 billion as of November, making it almost certain that the amount will reach $1 trillion for the third straight year. Korea also managed to maintain a trade account surplus for the 22nd month running.

Australia Asks Bieber to Clean Up His Mess
Justin Bieber has been asked to clean up his mess by the mayor of the Gold Coast in Australia after the Canadian pop star spraypainted the wall of a hotel during his "Believe"...

Beyonc? Is Most-Searched Person on Bing
The singer performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration in January, at the Super Bowl in February and kicked off a worldwide tour, "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour," in...

Amazon Testing Delivery with Drones
Amazon.com Inc. is testing delivery packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday on the CBS television program 60 Minutes. Bezos said the drones, unmanned vehicles that fly...

Thai Prime Minister Rejects Calls to Step Down

Biden in Japan on First Stop of Asia Tour

U.S. Sends Submarine-Hunting Jets to Japan

To polish discolored silver goods
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Hankyoreh (
http://english.hani.co.kr)
China’s claims bring on changing order in Northeast AsiaUS reportedly instructs its civilian carriers to abide by ADIZ claimed by China
Big changes are taking place in the skies and seas of Northeast Asia.
In connection with China’s announcement on Nov. 23 about its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the skies above Northeast Asia, the US instructed its civilian airlines to follow the protocol outlined by China. After one week of heightened tensions following China’s measures, the US appears to be seeking compromise by partially accepting China’s announcement.

Seoul to declare new KADIZ that includes Ieo Island
The South Korean government appears poised to declare a new Korean air defense identification zone (KADIZ) this week that includes Ieo Island. It also formally announced plans to enter negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with an “expression of interest” in joining last week.

Dismissed Ssangyong workers ordered to pay millions in damages
Four billion, six hundred eighty-one million, four hundred thousand won (US$4.42 million).
This is the amount of money that Ssangyong Motor workers must pay in compensation to the company and police, a court recently ruled. When Ssangyong dismissed 2,646 workers in May 2009, the workers retaliated by occupying the factory and going on a 77-day strike. The approximately 150 Ssangyong workers who were the defendants in the suit will have to pay around 32.54 million won (US$30,750) each.

Use dialogue to manage escalating situation in Northeast Asia
China’s conflicts with the US and Japan over air command in the East China Sea show no sign of dying down since it announced a new air defense identification zone (ADIZ) last we...

Korea’s El Sistema
Young people from the Guro District Neighborhood Orchestra practice at Guro Artville for their Dec. 2 performance at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, Nov. 30....

Tower shows the faces of Miryang’s grandmothers
Participants from the Hope Bus movement who traveled to Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province to support residents who are opposing the construction of electricity transmission tow...

Political struggle going on
The last regular session of parliament started at the beginning of September and will run to the end of December, but thus far, not a single bill has been passed due to politica...
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Joong Ang (conservative): (
http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/)
Deadline to pass budget proposal is missed again
The National Assembly missed the deadline for passing the budget proposal for next year again yesterday - marking the 11th straight year to violate the Constitution.The Constitution stipulates that the following year’s budget bills must be passed by Dec. 2, 30 days before the beginning…

Major shuffle at Samsung
Lee Seo-hyun, the youngest of three third-generation siblings of the Samsung Group’s owning family, climbed the corporate ladder in a characteristically…

Down-and-out foreigners in Korea
A middle-aged black man, wearing a military uniform and carrying a black backpack, stepped inside the Itaewon subway station shortly after midnight…

Official identified in Cho testimony
Prosecutors have obtained testimony from an official from a Seoul district office, in which he claims that a Blue House functionary asked him to illegally access…

Park makes 3 key government appointments
President Park Geun-hye appointed three key long-pending government posts yesterday. Hwang Chan-hyon was selected as chief of the Board of Audit and Inspection…

Seminar to discuss the North’s weapons program
The Korean Institute for National Unification, under the auspice of the Ministry of Unification, will hold a one-day seminar today at Waseda University in Tokyo regarding…

Few reins on budget for repairs of treasure
The door to the upper part of Sungnyemun is closed on our visit Sunday. Since the restoration of the 600-year-old gate was completed in May…

Publishing ceremonies push political influence
With regional elections only half a year away, political hopefuls are entering full campaign mode. And the push has already begun, with lawmakers across the country…

Korea stays tough on China air zone
As Korea takes a tough stance against China’s unilateral drawing of its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the government instructed Korean airlines…

130 years of Germany-Korea ties are celebrated
Germany’s history as a divided country has made the German-Korean partnership go beyond the typical relationship between nations…

A press-the-flesh CEO
Chung Ji-sun, chairman of Hyundai Department Store Group, is rarely seen in public, earning him the nickname “Hermit CEO.”To his employees…

Changes in auto insurance could inflate premiums
The Financial Supervisory Service’s plan to change the automobile insurance surcharge system has prompted a big debate as to whether the move…

Kookmin to shutter 55 of its branches
Kookmin Bank, Korea’s largest lender by assets, said it will close 55 branches in January as the country’s lenders struggle with the lowest lending margins in four years…
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Edaily (
http://eng.edaily.co.kr/Stock/)
[US the closing price]The U.S. Dow Jones Index, -77.64p(-0.48%) slightly down.
The U.S. Dow Jones Index Closing (At 2013.12.02) The Dow closed at 16,008.77p, slightly down -77.64p(-0.4...

[Closed] Domestic rate of return of final bid closed. 3-year government bond up 3bp.
This is the rate of return of final bid. Quoted by Korea Financial Investment Association, domestic rate of return of final bid of 3-year government bond recorded at 3.04%, up ( 3bp) from yesterday. ... 
[Table]Exchange Rate Quotation
This is Exchange rate Quotation offered by Korea Exchange Bank. [table] Exchange Rate Quotation Offered by KEB ...

[Table]Exchange Rate Currency Crossrate
2013.12.03 08:10(Korean time), this is Currency Crossrate of major 12 countries. [table] FX Cross Currency ...
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Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (
http://news.mk.co.kr/english/)
Park names new top auditor, minister of health, top prosecutor
South Korean President Park Geun-hye appointed Hwang Chan-hyon as chairman of Board of Audit & Inspection (BAI), Moon Hyung-pyo as minister of health and welfare, and Kim Jin-tae as prosecutor-general of Supreme Prosecutors’ Office (SPO) in the afternoon of Monday.She signed their appointment and personally awarded certificates of designation to the three officials after touring Andong and Gyeongju in Northern Gyeongsang province to receive reports a..

Listed firms see net profit suffer 10% in Q3
Sales of South Korea’s listed firms inched up in the third quarter but their profit fell sharply, worsening fears of an economic slowdown.

Expectations rising over bitcoin
Expectations are rising over the creation of bitcoin ecosystem amid skyrocketing bitcoin prices and expansion of the derivatives business. About 20,000 on/off-line stores around the world including Amazon.com (part of settlement), Baidu and Wordpress accept bitcoin as a digital currency.

Samsung Group unveils big shake-up
Lee Seo-hyun, the second daughter of Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee and vice president of Cheil Industries, was promoted to president of Samsung Everland’s fashion business unit.

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'One of Seven Wonders of Winter' for a 22-day run

Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival opens Jan. 4

Named one of the 'even Wonders of Winter' by CNN and Lonely Planet, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival is probably the most famous winter event in Korea. During the month of January every year, more than 1,000,000 people swarm Hwacheon in Gangwon province hoping to catch mountain trout bare-hand or ice fishing.

(Mayor Chung Gap-cheol invites the ambassadors and families to attend the Festival on Friday 17, 2014.)

1.4 million persons reportedly visited Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival last year having their fill of the joys of the winter--ice-fishing mountain trouts and treating their eyes to the colorful lanterns of the angels at the Seondeung Candle Light Festival that takes place in the night.

Who said Hwacheon offers only ice-fishing? You can land mountain trouts also from the water standing on the river bank (top left). Koreans, expats, young and old, all enjoy various events of the Festival.

Left: Visitors pass through the colorfully lit ice tunnel. Right: You can also enjoy a 'sky ride' down the river.

Nestled between the town of Hwacheon and the mountains, the Hwacheon River is not only covered by a thick layer of ice, but also by thousands of festival participants.

The Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival will be taking place in Hwacheon County in Gangwon-do province on Jan. 4-26, 2014. This virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice.

Visitors can try out ice fishing, and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare hands. Along with fun activities and performances, there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that usually take 20 weeks to prepare. Visitors can sample raw and grilled mountain trout, both of which are delicious.

A foreign visitor said: “Unlike some Korean festivals I have been to, there is a lot to do at this festival. You can ride an ATV or go kart on the ice, go sledding, ice skating, push a metal cart on the ice, or do some regular reel fishing.”

The events that are most popular are ice fishing and bare-handed fishing. For the ice fishing, you are provided with a hole in the ice and a bag for putting your catch for 10,000 won of which you get 10,000-won Love Gift, money you can spend around the festival grounds on food and souvenirs. “If you aren’t Korean, make sure to head to the foreigner only section. It is not only less crowded, but there is English-speaking help and you are given a free fishing pole,” said the foreign visitor.

When you get on the ice, pick a hole, let out enough line to get your lure to the bottom of the river. Then, quickly flick your wrist upwards and let it float back to the bottom. Some persistence is required, he stressed.

Hwacheon is considered a “clean region” where mountain trouts and otters live. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is opened in every January under the slogan of “Unfrozen Hearts, Unforgettable Memories” at Hwacheon that has geographical features of the fastest ice freezing in the country because of cold valley wind and clean water.

This is a unique theme experience festival full with good shows and 40 or about various experience programs, such as ice sledding, snow sledding, snow sculpture and ice soccer, Sancheoneo experience programs combined with the image of Hwacheon that has clean natural environment with the first grade clean water in Bukhangang (river) for catching Sancheoneo by hand, Sancheoneo fishing on the ice to catch the fish easily and enjoy the fishing by everybody, breaking the ice with 40cm thickness and above and looking at Sancheoneo in the deep water for your exciting play available for experiencing at Hwacheon only and heart-warm memory in winter.

Winter Sancheoneo! Sancheoneo Fishing! To mention about ice fishing, you need to catch at least one Sancheoneo. It is an elegant fish underneath ice out of comparison to the other fishes due to moderate size and beautiful shape.

Sancheoneo is hard to catch as it is rare but everyone can catch one or two Sancheoneo at Hwacheon with somewhat good luck and knack since 32 or 3 tons of fresh Sancheoneo are being put just under the fishing place every day for visitors for Sancheoneo festival. It is just the reason why a child or young girl without fishing experience is indulged in Sancheoneo ice fishing. K---------------------------------------------

At the KUK Cultural Foundation Building behind Ritz Carlton Hotel

KUP hosts Year-end Concert with famed World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea

The Korea United Pharmaceutical Co. (KUP), hosts a Gala Year-end Dinner and Concert at the Cultural Foundation Building of the Company in Seoul (located behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel) on Dec. 26, 2013. It is presented by the famed World Vision of Korea Children’s Choir. Chairman Kang Duk-yung of the KUP invites the ambassadors and madams to the prestigious concert.

The repertoire consists of three parts, which include:

Part I:
Han-River Taryung (arr. Lee, Hyun Chul)
This is an arrangement of Korean folk song 'Han River Taryung' and winner of '2013 Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival' in Folk song category. Using Korean traditional musical techniques and colors, it demonstrates the beauty and prosperity of Han river. Also fan dance emphasizes its beauty.

Surround A-Ri-Rang (arr. Lee, Sun Taek)
One of most famous Korean folk song in Korea would be 'Arirang', and this piece is an arrangement with this song in unique way. Divided into three groups, it starts with echoes and developed more dramatically. The final climax with Arirang is a breathtaking moment in this piece.

Gagopa (arr. Lee, Hyun Chul)
Originally composed by Kim Dong Jin, this famous Korean Art Song is re-arranged to emphasize its beauty. Longing for homeland and old friends, lyrical melody line shows the emotion of sadness and also happiness.

Part II:
Gloria (A. Vivaldi)
This is the first piece from 'Gloria' by baroque composer A. Vivaldi.

Laudate Dominum (W. A. Mozart)
This solemn and holy with full of beauty piece is composed by one of the most famous composer W.A. Mozart. Pure melody line and beautiful harmony fills the air as the song of angels.

As dew in Aprile, This little (B. Britten)
(from 'A Ceremony of Carols')
This two songs are from 'A Ceremony of Carols' by British composer B. Britten. It sings that Jesus was born in mother's womb and came to earth to win a battle with Satan. Rhythmic variety and repetitive pattern emphases the meaning of this carol.

Part III:
When I Sing (B. Henderson)
"When you feel blue or depressed, sing a song, then you will feel much better and be happy"
Bright melody and joyful rhythm makes our face smile.

Champs-Elys?es (M. Wilsh, M. Deighan)
Composed by Mike Wilsh and Mike Deighan, this chanson sings the beauty and free-and-easiness of Champ-elysees avenue in Paris. Many pop singers have sung this chansons and it is arranged for choral to sing in choir.

Blessing
OST Medley (arr. Shin, Sang Woo)
Moon River / Over the Rainbow / Under the Sea / Sing / I Have a Dream
Moon River, Over the Rainbow, Under the Sea, Sing, I have a dream. These are most famous O.S.T. to all. Pianist and composer Shin Sang Woo, who perform in various fields, arrange this piece and he will play piano today.

Blessing (arr. Lee, Hyun Chul)
Famous CCM Artist Twila Paris composed this blessing based on Moses final blessing in Numbers 6 in the bible. Simple, but sincere melody fills with love and blessing.

About the World Vision Korea Children’s Choir
Throughout its 53-year history, various professional musicians in Korea and around the world compliment the Children’s Choir, praising the Choir as “Echoes of the Heaven.” The Choir’s achievement and quality have been proven by thousands of successful worldwide concerts.

World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea (led by Artistic Director Kim Hee-Churl) has been bringing messages of hope and love to children around the world since 1960.

After the Korean War (1950-3), the World Vision Children’s Choir brought aid from foreign sponsors to the orphans and war widows of Korea. Founded by Rev. Dr. Bob Pierce, the Children’s Choir was formed by those helped by the World Vision.

Their mission was to sing on hope and love through God, and to seek more sponsorship. After winning the highest award at the prestigious 'Let the Peoples Sing' competition organized by the BBC of the United Kingdom in 1978, the World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea has gained international fame.

For the past 53 years, the Choir has sun to give hope and love to the helpless and voiceless children in Korea and around the world.

The Choir also performed for combined traditions and fresh ideas to create the best choral music that the Choir is proud as it plays a role model in sharing peace, hope, and love.

About the Artistic Director Kim Hee-Churl
Hee Churl Kim studied choral conducting under worldly renowned conductor Hak Won Yoon in Chung-Ang University. In Georgia State University, he studied with Dr. John Heberlen, who was the president of ACDA. In 1993, Mr. Kim conducted Vancouver Chamber Choir in Eric Ericson Master Class as a representative of Asia in World Choral Symposium held in Canada. From 1995 to 1997, he joined Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to sing with Robert Show, who was one of the best choral conductors in the world. He conducted Atlanta Korean Children's Choir and Atlanta Master Chorale, and he served as a president of Atlanta Korean Musician Association. From 1994 to 1997, while he was a visiting professor of Georgia Theological Seminary, he had served as a coordinator in 'Music and Worship Conference’ held by PCUSA. After returning to Korea in 1997, he had conducted many choirs, such as, World Vision Korea Children's Choir, Gwang-Myung City Women's Chorale, and Sung-Nam City Teacher's Choir. He also taught in Chung-Ang University. He also served as a board member of the Korean Church Music Association. Currently, he is the conductor of Gwacheon City Women's Choir, which is the only professional women's choir in Korea, had concert tours in Manila, Philippine by invitation of Philippine Madrigal Singers in 2004. Also, the choir was invited from Vancouver to celebrate the Winter Olympic Games in 2009. In 2004, he became an Artistic Director and Administrative Director of World Vision Korea Children's Choir. In 2009, he made a film called 'You and You' with World Vision Korea Children's Choir under director Je Hyun Park, who is one of the famous movie directors in Korea. As an artistic director, he has been hosting International Children's Choir Festival every three years by inviting the most prestige choirs from all around the world to help poor and devastated children in the world. As an opening concert of 2007 ICCF, he conducted a contemporary piece 'Gana and Dara' composed by In Sun Cho, worldly renown contemporary composer who served as a professor in Chung-Ang University. Mr. Kim made several CDs and DVDs, such as, 'Blessings', Songs of Love', 'Winter Sonata', and etc.
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