A medley of famous songs by well-known South Korean groups Blackpink and BTS will be among those in the repertoire of Korean fusion band Queen as they take to Katara Drama Theatre stage for a concert titled ‘Fantastic Sounds of Korea.’
K-Pop and classical music lovers can look forward to this yet another exciting show presented by the Korean Embassy and the Korea Foundation on March 30. The concert will see the five-woman band entertain musicophiles in Doha with their distinct musical repertoire comprising traditional and K-Pop music with a twist. The band has been known for introducing Korean culture in many parts of the world by reinterpreting Korea’s tradition from a contemporary perspective.
“Queen introduces audience from all over the world to Korean music, as the band beautifully incorporates both Eastern and Western musical elements. Queen has managed to popularise Korean music by playing various famous musical pieces including classical masterpieces, movie and television soundtracks, as well as pop songs. This allowed them to reach out to young and old audiences alike across the globe,” South Korean Ambassador to Qatar, Kim Chang-mo, told reporters yesterday.
He added that following in the footsteps of the K-Pop craze, Queen has already performed in over 60 cities in 40 countries.
The band comprises musicians playing four different instruments including Ah-Reum Lee on gayageum (zither), Hye-Kyung Kwon on daegeum (flute), Yi-Su Chung on janggu (drum) and Kyung-Min Kim on electric violin.
Ji-Hyun Kim, on the other hand, will charm the audience with Pansori, a Korean genre of musical storytelling recognized by Unesco as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Pansori is performed by a vocalist and a drummer with similarities to opera characterized by expressive singing, stylized speech and a repertory of narratives and gestures.
Apart from traditional and K-Pop songs, other exciting items in the repertoire for Queen’s Doha show include a medley of soundtracks of Korean TV series including Onara- the ending theme of the highly popular Korean TV series “jewel in the Palace,” theme from the Hollywood movie “Mission Impossible,” Winter from Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and a special song for Qatar, all in Queen’s style.
In addition to the show, the Korean Embassy is also planning a host of other events during the year including a classical music concert by Korean performers in Qatar in October, Taekwondo demonstration by ‘Kukkiwon Demonstration Team’ in November and a classical music concert by Korean artistes from Korea in December. The concert will be hosted by the Korean Embassy and the Korea Foundation. Established in 1991, Korea Foundation has sought to enhance awareness and understanding of Korea throughout the international community.