Loud noises come from Young Nak Aenea’s Home located on the foot of Mt. Namsan. The hammering sounds of the drums, splendid sounds of the trumpet, and beautiful melodies of an aria from an opera ----- joyous and beautiful music resonated through the place. Come and join the concert that was made with a devoted heart and sincerity!
‘Bum da bum bum……’ The magnificent sounds of brass instruments pass through the hot summer afternoon. As the sounds of music begin to knock on various parts of Young Nak Aenea’s Home, people start to move more quickly. Today there will be a classical music concert at Young Nak Aenea’s Home. The normally quiet members of Young Nak Aenea’s Home cannot hide their excitement.
Young Nak Aenea’s Home is a nursing care home for about 40 handicapped children with severe brain lesions. The Industrial Materials PG has been providing helpers to feed the children every month since October 2012. The PG had first begun its monthly volunteer activities with employees due to the suggestion of Industrial Materials PG Head Cho Hyun-sang; and this time, they planned the ‘Visiting Classical Music Concert’ to provide a new and unusual experience for the handicapped children.
The children’s attention and interest in music has increased since Young Nak Aenea’s Home began to employ music therapy, but most of the children had a hard time getting around in their conditions and thus it was nearly impossible for them to get out and go to concerts. The Industrial Materials PG, in consideration of this fact, planned a special performance by inviting the Heart Brass Ensemble in the Heart to Heart Orchestra and The Muse Opera stationed at Mapo Cultural Foundation so that the handicapped children can have pleasure and hope by listening to music. In particular, the members of the Heart to Heart Orchestra are people with developmental disorders. The handicapped children will hopefully find greater hope by seeing how the disabled members of the orchestra love and play music.
30 minutes before the performance and right after the rehearsal of the Heart Brass Ensemble, the Industrial Materials PG volunteers became busy, as they had to help more than 40 handicapped children staying on the first and second floors move to the third floor where the concert takes place. Though they became busy, they kept their smiles and composure on their faces, as they knew the most important thing is to safely take the expectant children to the third floor.
Classical Music Concert started off with ‘King’s Parade’ by the Heart Brass
Ensemble. As the performance began with magnificent sounds of the brass echoing
around the building, the audience slowly started to get into the rhythm. It was
followed by the famous French dance song ‘Cancan,’ adding to the delightful
atmosphere of the concert as the audience moved to the music as they clapped
The handicapped children, fascinated by the glorious music of the brass, became disappointed when the performance ended. But soon the performance by The Muse Opera in colored dresses and tuxedos caught the children’s attention. The members appeared from the audience seats along with the piano prelude of ‘Brindisi,’ giving a whole new amusement and surprise to the children.
The most popular piece from the opera performance was ‘The Barber of Seville.’ In the scene when the barber shaves a customer, one of the actors came down to the seats and pulled Industrial Materials PG employee Jang Ji-young up to the stage. Suddenly having to play the role of the customer in the opera, Jang blushed in embarrassment; but soon she started acting as the customer. The members of Young Nak Aenea’s Home and the Industrial Materials PG volunteers seemed to be enjoying the performance even more with the appearance of a familiar face.
After the concert, the Industrial Materials PG provided liquid food and drinks for the home. The volunteers found out in advance that the liquid food will come in very handy for the handicapped children of Young Nak Aenea’s Home, as they had to cut their food into small pieces to eat.
Industrial Materials PG Head Cho Hyun-sang has been aware of the importance of Hyosung’s social contribution activities and has suggested a variety of activities including the inauguration of Hyosung Sharing Volunteer Group and PG volunteer programs. “We decided to hold the Visiting Classical Music Concert as we heard that it’s difficult for you to go out, because one social worker has to take care of so many children,” said Cho, as he delivered commodities to the director of Young Nak Aenea’s Home. “We’re extremely happy and grateful to see how all the participants are enjoying themselves. We will try to turn this meaningful event into a regular thing instead of a one-time event.”
Classical Music Concert with Young Nak Aenea’s Home members was an emotional
experience for the Industrial Materials PG volunteers as well. The Industrial
Materials PG promised to continuously provide food helpers for Young Nak
Aenea’s Home while also giving concerts once a year.