[Opinion] What Do I Think of the English Version of SF9’s Enough?

Last week, K-Pop boy band SF9 released an unique version of their latest single “Enough”. I thoroughly enjoyed the Korean and Japanese versions, but I was completely taken aback by the newest release. In the short YouTube video, the award-winning group showed off superior dance moves while singing entirely in English. After seeing the MV a few times, I have to commend the guys! Their English pronunciation is quite good. I believe the English lyrics breathed new life into a song worthy of topping the charts.  There were a few words I had a little difficulty understanding during the first viewing, but that rings true for any mainstream song. Some phrases are suppose to be sung in a way to invoke emotion more than anything else.

I loved SF9’s English edition, and I hope they continue to release songs in my native language for years to come.

Check out the melodic video below:

You can catch SF9 on tour this Spring in the USA and Europe! From April 19th – May 12th, they are scheduled to make stops in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Moscow, Warsaw, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and London.

Screencap and video credit: FNC Entertainment

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The Joffrey Ballet Premieres Highly Anticipated “Across The Pond” on April 24

Photo Credit: Kim Kenney

“Across The Pond” lands in Chicago this Spring! British Choreographers Andrew Walker, Andrew McNicol and Liam Scarlett will illustrate their expertise through the piecesHOME,” “Yonder Blue” and “Vespertine”. An official press release (from The Silverman Group) explaining the upcoming program was released yesterday. Ten performances will run through May 5, 2019 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL.

Inspiring young people helped create “HOME”. It “is a story of strength, resilience, and the nature of belonging. Through his signature fusion of dance styles, Walker explores what home means—within ourselves, our relationships, and our country.”

A modern piece of literature aided in the production of “Yonder Blue”. “McNicol draws inspiration from Siri Hustvedt’s illuminating book A Plea for Eros. Hustvedt describes “Yonder” as a word that shifts and moves, implying distance between one place and another. The word “Blue” similarly holds multiple associations—honesty and melancholy. Both words encapsulate the idea of distance, whether it be related to nature or people.”

The classic Baroque period brought “Vespertine” to life. It is “inspired by the music of Arcangelo Corelli, resulting in an abstract ballet that evokes classicism and athleticism all in one, set amidst a scenic display of custom chandeliers.”

Photo Credit: Kim Kenney

Click Here to read the entire press release.

A special thanks to The Silverman Group for the press release.

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[Exclusive Photos] Renée Fleming’s 25th Anniversary Concert

On Saturday, celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming enjoyed over two hours of performances for her 25th Anniversary Concert. The one-night-only event honored her unique commitment and contribution to the musical world. According to an official press release from The Silverman Group and Lyric Opera of Chicago, “Cherished operatic and musical highlights captivated the crowd for more than two hours, including several from operas in which Fleming has starred at Lyric over the years.” She even performed several well known operatic pieces like “Porgi amor” (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro) “Song to the Moon” (Dvořák’s Rusalka) and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel).

The press release described the evening this way, “The full-house audience enjoyed unforgettable performances by sopranos Renée Fleming and Sondra Radvanovsky, tenor Lawrence Brownlee, baritone Quinn Kelsey, and bass-baritones Eric Owens and Christian Van Horn, along with artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Conductor Patrick Summers led the Lyric Opera Orchestra. The concert was hosted by acclaimed actor and musician Tituss Burgess, who delighted the audience by singing ‘In A Sentimental Mood’…. Fleming also performed a song from a new role she is preparing, singing ‘Fable,’ from The Light in the Piazza. She announced from the stage that she will be returning to the Lyric Opera House in December, in a new production of the musical.”

Who designed Ms. Fleming’s exquisite gowns? Carolina Herrera created the navy tulle gown, while Vivienne Westwood made the rose-gold sequined one. She was adorned in jewelry by Ann Ziff for Tamsin Z.

An exclusive Gala at The Ritz-Carlton directly followed the concert.

See more photos from the event below:


 

 

A Special Thanks to The Silverman Group and Lyric Opera of Chicago for the images and press release. Images Credit:Todd Rosenberg.

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3 Korean Dramas I’m Excited to Watch This Year

actress Kim So Hyun

K-dramas are in full swing this year with a truckload of amazing K-dramas. I’ve been busy sampling past and present shows while anxiously waiting for my new favorites to arrive. Currently, I’m trying out Park Jinyoung’s “He Is Psychometric”. The first two episodes appear to be a mixture of melodrama and comedy, but I can’t say it’s in my top 10. The melodramatic (and crime) scenes are more gruesome than I expected them to be. Nonetheless, there are a few TV shows I’m excited about watching as the year progresses. The first two premiere next month, and the last one premieres at a later date.

Take a look at my top 3 now.

Choi Si Won’s “My Fellow Citizens”

This KBS2 comedy/crime show is self-explanatory with its recent trailer on Kocowa. Check out the action-packed preview for the series, which is scheduled to premiere on April 1st, below.

Ji Soo’s “My First First Love” (April 18, 2019)

Discovering the meaning of love for the very first time is what 5 people in their 20s encounter in this Netflix series. They also promise to form irreplaceable friendship bonds and start dreaming big for their future.

Kim So Hyun’s “Love Alarm” (2019)

Can you imagine an app telling you if your secret crush likes you back? This fun NetFlix series is all about a rookie developer who creates a special app that can do just that. Of course, Kim So Hyun will be caught up in a coveted love triangle with actors Jung Ga Ram and Song Kang.

I’m looking forward to the coming months!

Image Credit: Kim So Hyun’s Instagram

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Mena Massoud Shares Impressive BTS Magazine Photos

Image Credit: Mena Massoud’s Instagram

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Kendrick Bros’ “Overcomer” Review Coming This Spring

This August, the Kendrick Brothers will release the follow-up film to their 2015 box office hit “War Room”, and that movie is  “Overcomer”. It promises to inspire moviegoers with the story of a struggling coach and a young runner conquering obstacles. Little known fact, author Chris Fabry teamed up with Kendrick Bros. LLC to create the brand new novel scheduled to be released before the film. BTSCelebs plans to read the book behind the moving film this Spring and deliver a complete review!

Stay tuned in the coming months for my honest opinion of the story everyone is highly anticipating this year.

*BTSCelebs sends a special thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the photo and review copy.*

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Arirang Radio Evolving

Isak and Eddy Oh

A couple of months ago, I gushed about the must-hear radio programs on Arirang Radio. Unfortunately, those two shows abruptly ended their run weeks later. It seems Arirang periodically changes their line-up drastically to keep listeners on their toes. Concrete recommendations are very hard to give. I highly suggest searching through the current  list of programming and their weekly segments to see what interests you the most.

Last week, I returned to Isak‘s “K-Poppin” to listen to TMA with Eddy (which airs every Friday at 1pm KST). I’m still a big fan of those advice segments with a hint of “Dear Abby”. I look forward to more DJs offering this to listeners in the future.

Photo Credit: Arirang Radio

 

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