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Liahona Trio Dazzles at Christmas Concert in Manila

As part of the #LightTheWorld campaign in the Philippines and to share the timeless gift of music with others, The Liahona Trio performed in a two-day Christmas Concert at the Manila Philippines Missionary Training Center (MTC) on December 20 and 21, 2023.

The Liahona Trio, comprised of Mr. Boomin Do (Cello), Ms. Seulgi Lee (Violin), and Dr. Sunbeam Choi (Piano), delivered a series of Christmas and spiritual musical performances, enjoyed by more than 500 guests, including the Philippines Area Presidency.

The Liahona Trio is a part of The Liahona Ensemble, which was formed to showcase spiritual music and other genres to a global audience. Founder Boomin Do gathered Latter-day Saint classical musicians in South Korea and formed the group in 2013. Many accomplished instrumentalists, including string musicians, pianists, and vocalists, joined the Liahona Ensemble.

The Liahona Trio wholeheartedly shared their time and talents despite their hectic schedules as a gift to the Filipino people, who revel in festive music during Christmas.

Dr. Choi, who has performed solo concerts in Davao, Cebu, Bohol, and Manila in the past few years, once again performed brilliantly, this time with his colleagues, Ms. Lee and Mr. Do.

Pianist Dr. Sunbeam Choi started piano studies at age five and continued his education at the prestigious Seoul Arts High School. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at Yonsei University in Seoul, his Master of Music degree at The Peabody Conservatory, and his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.


Dr. Choi, a competition multi-winner, has performed recitals in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Violinist Ms. Seulgi Lee, a Sunhwa Arts High School graduate in South Korea, earned her Master’s degree from Korea National University of Arts and completed a program at the Italy International Academy of Music. Winner of various competitions, Ms. Lee is the principal violinist at Yangju Philharmonic Orchestra.


Cellist Boomin Do, a Hanyang University graduate, obtained his Master of Music degree from the University of Hawaii. As a member of various symphony orchestras, including the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, and Suwon Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Do has showcased his talent globally.

Attendees, especially youth and young single adults passionate about music, felt touched and inspired by the Liahona Trio’s performance.

“I felt inspired to play the piano like Dr. Sunbeam Choi,” said Hazel Bellen, a young woman from Sampaguita Ward. “I hope that with hard work and dedication, I will be able to share music with others someday,” she added.

“I stopped playing musical instruments earlier this year, thinking I needed to give more time to other aspects of my life. But, after watching the Liahona Trio, I feel strongly about playing my guitar again,” said Brandon Buera from Lagro Ward.

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