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Music for Unity

THANKS to Mike D., I got to catch another cultural event in our city. Culturally enriching shows seem to be scarce in Davao. The Davao Museum hosted event months ago was the most recent one for me.

“Through music, our two peoples move closer to one another in the pursuit of strengthening cultural ties.” Mee Hai Cho, Soprano.

Performing before the Davao audience is not new to Mee Hai Cho, she has done so seven years ago. In a recent classical music concert, she shared the limelight with her fellow Koreans and respected artists, Conductor U Gwang Lee, Cellist Kim Hee Eun, Violinist Gim Hyeon Cheol and the Camerata Collegium Orchestra in the Phoenix Cultural Exchange Foundation, Inc. and the Davao Korean Union Church presented show, “For the Glory of God….The Love for Davao…To Sing with Friends…” at the Marco Polo Hotel-Davao’s Grand Ballroom.

Violinist Gim Hyeon Cheo, Soprano Mee Hai Cho, Conductor U Gwang Lee, Cellist Kim Hee Eun
Mee Hai Cho earned her degree in Bachelor of Music major in Voice at the Seoul National University of South Korea and a Diploma in Voice at the Roma Conservatorio S’Cecilia in Italy, Rome. Her impressive performances lists the musicale “Cinderella” and the opera “Eugine Onegin” in her hometown, concerts at the Venezia “Carnevale Festival,” Bologna Academia Filarmonica, and the Bolzano Summer Festival in Italy.

As one of Korea’s rising bright stars, Cellist Kim Hee Eun has won several awards in South Korea’s National Music Competition. An alumnus of the Gyeong Nam Arts School and currently studying at the Chang Won University, she has performed with the distinguished Gyeong Nam Symphony Orchestra and the Chang Won Symphony Orchestra.

Violinist Gim Hyeon Cheol earned both his Bachelor degree and post graduate studies in Education major in Violin at the Jeon Nam National University. He is currently a member of the Camerata Collegium Chamber Orchestra; and a permanent member musician of the Kwang Joo Symphony Orchestra.

This concert featured the Camerata Collegium Orchestra, a group of talented musicians from the Jeonia Province of South Korea, whose members are blessed with good soloist virtues. They has been performing and showcasing their intense passion and devotion to classical music in numerous concerts in South Korea and abroad.

The Camerata Collegium Chamber Orchestra together with the invited artists performed under the baton of conductor U Gwang Lee, a proud product of South Korea’s Seoul National University with a Bachelor of Music major in Fagot, the woodwind musical instrument called bassoon. He then pursued his post-graduate studies for Fagot in Poland’s Chopin Music Conservatory and went to the Sophia Music Conservatory in Bulgaria to study Conducting. As fagotist, he has performed with the Moskva Chamber Orchestra and the Bulgaria Varner Philharmonic Orchestra, and a conductor, he has lead the Ukraina Kiev Philharmonic, Poland Cestova Philharmonic, the Bularia Flobene, Slovene, Bidin, Ambol, and Gabrober Philharmonics. He is presently the resident conductor and music director of the Camerata Collegium Chamber Orchestra.

I may have missed the first part of the performance due to a “senior moment,” but I was glad I caught the rest of the show. As Mike said, this is one show I should not miss, these Korean artists are very talented.


Indeed they are. After watching this concert, I really wish that Davao gets to have more shows like this.


Mike Dakudao hosted the evening’s affiar.
Patronesses of the arts, Pat Montemayor & Inday del Rosario
Young lovers of the arts Marissa Tionko, Silvia Gempesaw, Eileen Sitjar, Annice Garcia & Malouchi Gahol

Aarts & Lizada Family.
Davao artist Josie Tionko

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