|November 17, 2019|
ICAS Annual Liberty Award Celebration Dinner 2019
in honour of
The Honourable Daniel Russel
December 17, 2019 630 PM - 930 PM
Capitol Hill Club
300 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
We are pleased to share with you that Soprano Dajung Yun will sing Glitter and be gay by Leonard Bernstein and Ari Arirang by Jung Joon Ahn in honour of Daniel Russel gracing the ICAS Annual Liberty Award Celebration Dinner 2019. Flutist Sijung Yun and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas will accompany her performance.
Dajung Yun, based in Bethesda, Maryland, presents traditional Korean lyric songs and classical operatic arias pursuing authentic style in her musical interpretations with a rich and dynamic voice that encompasses a full vocal range as a coloratura soprano.
Dajung, graduated from Geongbuk Foreign Language High School in Korea as an English major with Chinese and Japanese minors, came to Boston to pursue a future as a lawyer.
However, her passion for the vocal arts led to meet her mentor and teacher Ok Jin Baek, a dramatic soprano, in 2009 and has been training with her for the last 10 years. Dajung has performed solo recitals and participates in concerts in venues including Steinway Hall, Strathmore Mansion, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, MD, St. Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church in Olney, MD, and Epiphany Catholic Church in Georgetown, MD.
She has also performed on numerous stages with the Washington Soloist Ensemble. In addition, Dajung worked as a conductor and music director for the children’s choir for Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church Korean Community. Most recently, she gave a voluntary charity performance with her three sons and her husband at Sunrise of Bethesda Assisted living facility in 2019.
Dajung's major repertoire includes works by Verdi, Rossini, Mozart, Bernstein, Donizetti, Bellini, Offenbach, Jung-Joon Ahn, and I-Sang Yun.
Flutist Sijung Yun got his B.S. from Seoul National University in Korea majoring in physics in 1999. Sijung obtained M.S. and Ph.D. in 2007 for computational biology and bioinformatics from Boston University where his research area was the aggregation of amyloid beta protein in Alzheimer’s disease in silico. He was trained as a postdoctoral fellow at National Cancer Institute (NCI) and at National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Sijung founded Yotta Biomed, a bioinformatics company, in 2013 and has been serving as the C.E.O. He has been teaching next generation sequencing and genomics as an adjunct professor for Advanced Academic Programs in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences graduate school at Johns Hopkins University since 2017. Sijung is the director for next generation sequencing and single cell RNA-seq for Biotrac program in Montgomery college, and an adjunct professor for the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) for National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2009. He has played the flute for 35 years and Sijung was the music director and conductor for Our Lady of Mercy Korean Community in Potomac, MD from 2012 to 2017.
Edvinas Minkstima, Steinway Artist and director of The European Academy of Arts, is an internationally-renowned concert pianist, winner of multiple competitions and a recipient of multiple awards. In addition to heading The European Academy of Arts, Northern Virginia's premier music and art school, Edvinas is a Resident Artist of The Phillips Collection Music Series and The Embassy Series. He graduated from the Paris Conservatory and The Julliard School in New York.