On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM the LAJS teamed-up with the stellar orchestra and choir from the Los Angeles Korean-American Musicians' Association to present Friendship & Harmony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
This performance was in celebration of our shared humanity and the strength of community. The evening included the West Coast Premiere of Grammy Award-winning conductor/composer Lucas Richman's latest piece Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply, and the US Premiere of Byunghee Oh's 한국의 혼 (The Spirit of Korea).
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In keeping with the evening's theme, Friendship and Harmony concluded with the choral ending of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with soloists Diana Tash and Ron Li-Paz performing alongside soloists from the Korean community.
The words of "Ode to Joy" fully encapsulated the concert's chief refrain:
"Let us sing more cheerful songs / More songs full of joy! / All that custom has divided / All men become brothers."
Rabbi Ron Li-Paz is the Spiritual Leader of Valley Outreach Synagogue in Calabasas. He was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. He has been on the pulpit at Valley Outreach Synagogue since 1996. Prior to synagogue leadership...
American Mezzo-Soprano Diana Tash appears in both operatic roles onstage, and as a featured soloist, gaining popularity in recital with renowned pianist Armen Guzelimian. Recent performances include a recital with NY Philharmonic...
The music of Lucas Richman has been performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops and the symphonies of Detroit, Atlanta, New Jersey and Houston...
Articles about the concert:
Article by Evan Henerson, Jewish Journal
August 14, 2019
Article by Yoo Jeong-won, The Korea Times
Article by BWW News Desk, Broadway World
July 28, 2019
Stay tuned for more details!