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S. Korean artists to sing 'Arirang' in Sochi Olympics closing ceremony

2014/02/17 15:52

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Yonhap) -- A group of South Korean pop, classical and jazz artists will perform the nation's most popular folk song of "Arirang" together during the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, organizers of the event said Monday.

Zainichi Korean pianist and composer Kunihiko Ryo, South Korean classical singer Jo Sumi, pop singer Lee Seung-chul and jazz singer Nah Youn-sun will perform a medley of various versions of "Arirang" with an orchestra in the Russian city of Sochi Sunday (Russian time).

Ryo, who composed the 2002 Busan Asian Games' theme song "Frontier," arranged some of Korea's most popular provincial versions of "Arirang" into a classical song for the performance aimed at promoting South Korea's alpine city of PyeongChang as host of the next winter games, the organizers said.

"It will become a performance to promote the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics," a local music industry figure involved in the upcoming event told Yonhap News Agency.

"Arirang," often considered the unofficial national anthem of Korea, made the UNESCO list in 2012 of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.