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Martinez to perform at the 60th Korean War Anniversary

Prof. Edna Marcil M. Martinez

(June 27)— Prof. Edna Marcil M. Martinez, UPD College of Music Department of Strings and Chamber Music Chairperson has been selected to be part of the World Peace Orchestra that will perform in the “World Peace Concert for UN Forces at Korean War” on July 26 and 30 at Seoul and Busan, South Korea, respectively.

Martinez will be part of the core of the orchestra’s viola section.  She is the current director and conductor of the UP Orchestra and the UP ARCO.

The two concerts will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice to commemorate the heroism of the UN Forces who gave their lives for Korea’s freedom.

The World Peace Orchestra consists of 71 members representing 21 countries, with Jong Hoon Bae as its artistic director.

The 21 countries invited to form part of the orchestra are the countries that participated as the UN Forces during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.  These countries include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, France, Greece, New Zealand, India, Italy, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey and USA.

Martinez is the Philippines’ sole representative to the orchestra.

The concert aims to promote peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and abroad.  It commits to the artistic and professional development of musicians from the 21 countries while sharing their passion for music.  It also serves as a unique opportunity to honor Korean War veterans and their family, while highlighting the rich history of friendship between Korea and the allied forces.

The invitation was extended by the Korean War Memorial Foundation, together with the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Ministry of National Defense and the Korean Broadcasting System.—ACG