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JKPL holds post-Valentine concert featuring double-bass player

JOETEN-KIYU Public Library presented a post-Valentine’s Day mini-concert, featuring South Korean double-bass player Chang Woo Sohn on Feb. 15 and 16.

He played music from “Phantom of the Opera,” Korean pop songs, folk songs, a lullaby and contemporary tunes.

According to Beth Demapan, JKPL technical services librarian, it was Chang Woo Sohn’s fourth time to play music at the library. He also performed there last year.

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Chang Woo Sohn plays his double-bass at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library on Feb. 15.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioChang Woo Sohn plays his double-bass at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library on Feb. 15. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“We want to promote music literacy,” Demapan said, adding that the library has a good selection of books about music.

She said the mini-concert was a preview of what JKPL is planning for the summer.

“We will have a musical theme, ‘Libraries Rock,’ and introduce various kinds of musical instruments to children and older people,” she added.

They will invite guest performers who play different instruments.

“We are on a small island, and we don’t have a lot of classical musicians coming here. So we want to expose young people to music. It is different from seeing it on YouTube. It’s not the same as watching and experiencing it first-hand.”

Chang Woo Sohn promised JKPL that he will be back in July to teach interested library patrons how to play the double-bass.

He is a university professor at Kookmin University in South Korea with a master’s degree in music from Yale University, and a doctorate from Boston University.

“The U.S. gave me — a Korean — a scholarship when I was studying there, and this is my way of giving back to them,” he said in an interview. “I am always willing to play and teach what I can to the Saipan community.”

He said he wants to introduce the double-bass and the beautiful music it can produce. “The double-bass is one of the most important instruments in the orchestra, and it is so easy to learn,” he said.

But it is also heavy and easily broken, so he only recommends it for high school students or those who are older.