By Anna Kim
Music influences the mind without regard to race, age, nationality, gender, or ideology. Music also brings people together and serves to build relationships with one another. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), who has been committed to sharing their passion for music, strives to take credit for harmony in the community.
ASO gave a welcoming wave to the Korean community at the beginning of January, this year.
Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director of ASO, and Tammy Hawk, Spokeswoman of ASO, were invited to the Korean Community Center in Norcross by Sunny K. Park, President of American Korean Friendship Society and the only ASO board member of 3 years.
Sunny K. Park introduced ASO, the cornerstone for artistic development in the Southeast, to the Korean community, comparing ASO's heritage to a hidden jewel.
“I am afraid that the Korean community has not been enjoying the musical benefits of the ASO enough. I hope the two organizations could explore how to interact with each other during this visit and as many Korean players as possible could have the chance to play with the ASO,” said Mr. Park.
ASO wishes the two organizations could have a venue exchange for a concert in the not too distant future.
“We would probe how to invite the Korean American audience to the downtown symphony hall and vice versa, like bringing ASO to this swell Korean Community Center. We hope ASO could hold a fancy concert in the heart of the Korean community someday, sometime, with our excellent players,” said Jennier Barlament, Executive Director of ASO.
Marking its 72nd season, the ASO continues to march forward as one of America’s leading orchestras with 80 renowned players under Music Director Robert Spano, who was named Musical America's 2008 Conductor of the Year, and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. ASO performs 200 concerts each year for a combined audience, and the Orchestra and its audiences explore together a creative mix of programming.
ASO emphasizes the community engagement and has plenty of quality music programs for the local educators and students. School teachers strive to reach out to the nationally acclaimed musicians of the ASO to get in their unparalleled musical harvest and experiences to local classrooms because they find the current music curriculum system needs a lot of complement. Teachers and the ASO musicians work hand in hand through master classes, lecture demonstrations, music clinics, and hands-on activities to fill gaps in the current school music frame and to bring instruction to life. There is no fee for the Musicians in Schools program. How neat!
ASO recognizes music teachers’ tireless sweat for quality music development and will continue to win the music industry game with committed and enthusiastic music educators.
“The ASO’s Teacher Appreciation Program is our way of thanking music teachers for their contributions to music education in Georgia. We give them some perks like special discounts at the Symphony Store, along with discounted and free ticket offers, which include invitations to teachers-only events such as the annual ASO Music Teacher Appreciation Night,” said ASO in a press.
Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director of ASO, and Tammy Hawk, Spokeswoman of ASO, were invited to the Korean Community Center in Norcross.
ASO wishes it could hold a concert in the Korean Community Center in the not too distant future.
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