A SPECIAL BORDER CROSSINGS DISCUSSION WITH MEZZO SOPRANO MISOON GHIM: MUSIC CONNECTS CULTURES
September 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA PRESENTS MEZZO-SOPRANO MISOON GHIM
GEO’s 130th Season continues with a virtual Border Crossings event presenting Misoon.
Born in South Korea, an opera singer, professor of voice, a breathing technique expert, and the mother of two, she is also a non-profit entrepreneur with a firm belief in the power of music that benefits the quality of life.
Although most people have their own preference for the type of music that they enjoy listening to, each culture can agree that the tunes are an important part of life in expressing ourselves. By appreciating the art form, it makes it easy to unite and relate to others who are different than ourselves.
Misoon will talk about her journey – the cultural exchange between her native country and her hometown Philadelphia,
How classical music is perceived in different cultures,
How the pandemic has affected the classical music sphere,
And how breathing plays a crucial role as a key element of mindfulness and coping with life’s challenges.
A powerful voice with a striking stage presence, Misoon has performed with Philadelphia Orchestra with late Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra with Christopher Eschenbach, and New York City Opera with George Manahan. As a recitalist, Misoon made a Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut sponsored by Korea Music Foundation.
Educated at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Seoul National University, Misoon is the founding director of Misoon Summer Voice Academy, a two-week overnight summer program at the campus of Haverford College, (misoonsva.org). Misoon teaches at Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and Saint Joseph’s University, and serves Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church as an Alto section leader.
She lives with her two children in Philadelphia, Hannah Silverberg, a flutist at Peabody Conservatory, and Liam Silverberg, piano and violin student at Settlement Music School and at Masterman.