Legendary South Korean singer Lee Seung Chul will perform with a choir of North Korean defectors at Harvard University this week.
Dream On – Lee Seung Chul’s Benefit will see the singer, considered to be one of best performers in the country, joining With-U, a 55-member choir of young North Korean refugees hoping for the unification of the Korean peninsula. One of the members, Il Kon Yoon, met with the classic K-pop singer in March to ask for his help in the mission. Lee decided the best way to go about this was through music.
“I believe in hope and that hope can be conveyed through music, even in the most desperate times,” Lee said in a press release. “Music is universal and transcends cultural boundaries, it has a special way of bringing people together. That’s what inspired me to start this unification campaign.”
After several years away from the K-pop scene, Lee returned with his mid-tempo, pop-rock single “My Love” (below) last summer. The track swept the K-Pop Hot 100, hit No. 1 and went on to be the third largest K-Pop chart hit of the year.
Dream On – Lee Seung Chul’s Benefit starts at 3:00 p.m. on August 29 with a press conference followed by the concert at the Memorial Church of Harvard University in Boston.