IHP's 54th Global Gala: Korea

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Saturday 5/9
6:30 pm
$2500 Table of 10
$450 Couple
$250 Individual ($175 for IHP Alumni)
$50 After-Party ($5 for IHP Residents)

FOR FILMS AND EVENTS PRESENTED BY IHP, Tickets ARE Also Available From the IHP Box Office, which is normally open Tue-Sat from noon-8pm (or, for events outside of those times, from one hour before until one hour after the scheduled starting time).  
call 215.895.6590. 

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Join us for an evening of festivities, networking, cuisine, art, and music as we celebrate Korea's rich cultural traditions and ride the Korean wave, the Hallyu, at International House Philadelphia.


Cocktails & Silent Auction 6:30 pm

Formal Dinner 7:30pm

After-Party featuring Dessert, Performances, Open Bar, & Dancing 9:00 pm


Black Tie or Traditional Dress Encouraged

Complimentary Valet Parking

3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


The Global Gala is International House’s largest fundraising event of the year and a wonderful way to network and engage with leaders and innovators in the fields of business, government, philanthropy, science, academia, and the arts. It is also an exciting opportunity to meet some of our young international residents, who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world.  Don’t miss your chance to celebrate Korea’s rich history and culture through multiple events leading up to, and including, the Global Gala!  

For more information, please contact Elina Cher at 215.895.6528 or Elina@ihphilly.org


Do Yeon Kim 
Jungwoong Kim

WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company

Cho Young Ahn & Yu Rang Han


After-Hours Karaoke! Hosted by the TAKII World Tour

Jungwoong Kim

Jungwoong Kim was born and raised in South Korea. He has extensive training in Korean martial arts, traditional dances, and contemporary dance. He graduated from the Korea National University of the Arts with a BFA in Choreography. He has been granted several awards for choreographic and international development from the Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture and Arts Council Korea and has been presented in numerous festivals and venues in the US. His work is inspired by his ongoing research with interdisciplinary site-specific performance, where he incorporates video projections, natural sounds, found objects, sculptural forms, voice and movement into improvisational performance scores that value cultural traditions and experimental collaborative art making. His most recent work “capsized” was presented at the CAATA (Asian American Theater Conference) at AAI (Asian Arts Initiative). He collaborates with his partner Marion Ramirez and mentor Germaine Ingram (both performance and movement artists), Bhob Rainey (music) and Fred Hatt (film). As a performer Jungwoong is a member of the Leah Stein Dance Company and will be performing next in the intergenerational site-specific production TURBINE at the Philadelphia Waterworks (May 16th and 17th).  Jungwoong’s expertise in Contact Improvisation movement form has lead him to continue developing as a dance educator, teaching regular workshops and facilitating jams in Philadelphia, Richmond, New York, New England, Puerto Rico, Korea and Japan. 


WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company

A pioneer of “Hallyu: Korean Wave”, Young Soon Kim, an internationally acclaimed choreographer whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich phrases and textures, presents Eternal NOW.  Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (New York) strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. For nearly three decades, Ms. Kim and WHITE WAVE have appeared globally on principal stages including Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, National Theater of Seoul (Korea), National Theater of Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, as well as Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Maison de la Culture in Le Havre, France; Teatro Nazionale in Milan, Teatro Tendu Striscie in Rome, Italy; Schauspielhaus in Cologne, Germany; as well as the Festival d’Avignon in Avignon, France, among others. In 2003 Ms. Kim was featured in the documentary film Arirang: The Korean American Journey, which was premiered at the Smithsonian Institute and broadcasted nationwide by PBS. In 2013 and 2014, Ms. Kim was nominated twice for the Annual KBS Global Korean Award. www.whitewavedance.com


Do Yeon Kim

Kim is the first Gayageum instrumentalist admitted to New England Conservatory pursuing a Master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation.  In 2009 and 2011, she was awarded with the Gold Prize sponsored by the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, one of the most prestigious awards in Korea. In addition to receiving a number of other awards, she also received the Gold Prize in Dong-A Ilbo sponsored traditional music competition. In 2008, she was selected by the Korean Department of Culture as one of the few Gayageum musicians in the Seoul Youth Delegation tour of Japan. After moving to the U.S., she was able to engage in various artistic activities. She performed in a concert featuring arrangements of John Zorn music at the legendary avant-garde venue The Stone featuring John Zorn himself. Additional activities include guest lecturer at Brandeis University and Emmanuel College. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts invited her to play in the “Lunar New Year Music Performance” in February, 2015.  Do Yeon graduated from Seoul National University, College of Music in 2014 with summa cum laude.


Cho Young Ahn

Cho Young started her music career at a young age of 5. She was exposed to Korean traditional music and was also an active member of choir at her school and church. In 2007, to pursue her career as a professional vocalist, she enrolled in highly qualified institutions for intensive training. During that time, she was a member of hip-hop crew in Korea as a female singer, and also formed her own her band achieving numbers of awards from various local music contests. Before moving to the U.S. to get her foot into jazz music, Cho Young received vocal training from prominent female jazz vocalist Sunny Kim. To expand her knowledge of music and jazz, she applied to Berklee College of Music and got accepted as a proud recipient of the Berklee Asia Scholarship Tour. Since 2012, Cho Young is studying at Berklee College of Music. Being part of the Berklee community, she was able to share the stage with great musicians such as Marcos Valle and Patrice Ruchen. Also, she performed at the Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event which offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. The outstanding lead singers are chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert. After graduation, she has formed a project band named “MusiCoreAmerica” and is currently performing in Korea and the U.S. 


Yu Rang Han

Yu Rang was born in Seoul, South Korea. She began to play the piano when she was 6 years old. With gaining various musical experiences during her teenage years, she decided to move over to the U.S. after graduating from Dongduk Women’s University and pursue her dream as a professional pianist.  After her acceptance into Berklee College of Music, she had the chance to perform for the 2012 Singers Showcase and Ray Charles Tribute concert at the Berklee Performance Center. She has participated in numerous studio recordings and concert series in Korea, Boston, and New York.  She had the chance to study with Joanne Brackeen, Frank Carlberg, Bob Winter, Alain Mallet, and Leo Blanco. Currently she is studying at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in the Piano Performance Master program. She was awarded scholarships including Dongduk Women’s University scholarship, Berklee Asia Tour Scholarship, Dean’s List awards, Longy Scholarship, and CJ Scholarship. Yu Rang is currently working as a staff accompanist at the Berklee College of Music and working on her own composition to make her debut album.


Scott CHOPS Jung spent much of his youth glued to the family stereo. When a friend brought a drum machine to school, it was love at first button press. Making songs and recordings became a lifelong obsession. CHOPS eventually landed in Philadelphia and connected with local hip-hop artists, including two friends who joined him to form the group Mountain Brothers. MBs earned a global reputation, became the first Asian American rap group signed to a major label, and released their work to critical acclaim. Much of the acclaim was for CHOPS’ unique multi-instrument, no-sample production style, which has helped him work with some of the world's biggest and most talented rap artists. CHOPS' credits include such names as Kanye West, Bun B, Lil Wayne, The Lonely Island, Nicki Minaj, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, E-40, Ice Cube, and Snoop. CHOPS' music has been in numerous TV shows, films, and ads from companies like Warner Brothers, Fox, NBC, AMC, MTV, Nike, and Coca Cola. CHOPS is particularly proud of his recent full length effort Strength in NUMBERS, combining some of the best established and aspiring Asian American and international urban music artists with his signature powerhouse tracks.


Honorary Committee

The Office of the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in New York

The Honorable Michael Nutter Mayor of Philadelphia

E. Harris Baum, Esquire Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Korea

Richard J. Song Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia

James Joo-Jin Kim Amkor Technology

Eugene Y. Park Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Jasmine Choi Flutist


Host Committee

Michael & Julie Choe Society of Young Korean Americans

Melissa Jen DiFrancesco Associate Director,

James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Phuong Nguyen Manager of Development & Communications, Asian Arts Initiative

Hye-Jung Park Associate Director & Program Manager, Scribe Video

Ludo C. P. Scheffer, PhD* Director of the Undergraduate Studies Program, Drexel University

Peter Van Do Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania


Gala Committee

Jim & Kim Balaschak

Jeff Benoliel & Amy Branch

Leslie Benoliel & Alex Hamilton

Bruce Braunewell CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

Christopher Bryan

Alice Chase

Ms. Im Ja P. Choi

Peter & Victoria Dachowski

Nancy Gilboy & Philip Harvey

Chandrakant “Chuck” Gupta* & Margot Rowley

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Hearsey*

David Jacobson CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

Zoltan Kerekes Phoenix IP Ventures

Josephine Klein

Youngbin Lee, MD

Mr. & Mrs. Jason P. Lisi

Emily C. Riley

John M. Scott

John & Susan Smith

Tanya Steinberg


*IHP Alumni


Corporate Partners