Today, K-pop makes headlines and thrills audiences across the globe. But with so much media attention focused on the record-breaking popularity of South Korea’s groups and soloists, their musical ingenuity often gets overlooked. Among its many signature features, K-pop makes frequent use of unconventional song forms, genre-bending juxtapositions, imaginative harmonies, and an expansive spectrum of international influences. And while K-pop’s appeal is multifaceted by design, these exciting compositional techniques are key to what keeps fans enthralled. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has announced the presentation of K-Factor: An Orchestral Exploration of K-pop, June 20 at Alice Tully Hall. The concert features a 50-piece orchestra and delves into formal innovations in Korean popular music. K-Factor juxtaposes well-known hits by K-pop artists like Blackpink, BTS, EXO, Red Velvet, and Seo Taiji with musical selections from as early as the 1930s to explore the radical spirit behind much of Korean pop. Pianist JungJae Moon is the evening’s featured special guest.
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