Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to highlight symphony festival
Posted : 2017-03-19 16:32
Updated : 2017-03-20 16:35
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra / Courtesy of SAC
By Yun Suh-young
The annual symphony festival hosted by the Seoul Arts Center (SAC) will be held this year from April 1 through 23 at the SAC Concert Hall.
Concerts will be held daily at 8 p.m. (excluding Mondays) and at 5 p.m. on weekends.
The theme for the 29th annual festival is "Everlasting April Festival," celebrating its establishment as April's representative event at the SAC. The SAC will have its 30th anniversary next year.
This year's event features 19 local symphony orchestras with the addition of one foreign one -- the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The annual festival had attracted 52 symphony orchestras over the past 28 years.
The lineup this year includes Suwon Philharmonic, Bucheon Philharmonic, Korean Symphony, KBS Symphony, Busan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Daejeon Philharmonic and Incheon Philharmonic. They have been regulars who have performed over 20 times in the 28 years of the festival.
At this year's event, last year's winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, pianist Lukas Vondracek, will be performing April 5, as well as baritone Kim Gi-hoon who won last year's Seoul International Music Competition. Some well-known performers, such as pianists Sohn Min-soo, Kim Jeong-won and Sunwoo Yekwon, and young competition winners Kim Kyu-yeon, and Kim Da-sol will also be featured.
Violinist Christel Lee, who won the Sibelius Violin Competition in 2015 and is a student of reputed violinist Chung Kyung-wha, and Kim Bomsori who won the ARD International Music Competition in 2013 will perform. Violinists Chung Choon-soo and Kim Hyun-a are also included in the lineup with the orchestras.
A special performer to take note of is the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, April 16, under the helm of conductor Jaap van Zweden in collaboration with violinist Ning Feng. Van Zweden who has served as music director of the Hong Kong Phil since 2012 will be taking another position as music director at the New York Philharmonic starting next year, working with both orchestras.
As well as van Zweden, several other foreign conductors will be taking the stage including James Judd, April 6, with the Daejeon Philharmonic; Manuel Lopez-Gomez, April 4, with the Busan Philharmonic; Yoel Levi, April, 8 with the KBS Symphony Orchestra; Julian Kovatchev, April 13, with Daegu Philharmonic; and Thierry Fischer, April 20, with Seoul Philharmonic. Fischer took on the role as principal guest conductor for the Seoul Philharmonic starting this year.
On the opening day of the concert, the Korean Symphony Orchestra under conductor Lim Hun-joung will perform Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from "Tristan and Isolde," Liszt's "Totentanz," S.126 and Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra," Op.30.
Ticket prices range from 10,000 won to 40,000 won except for the performance featuring the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on April 16 for which the ticket prices are doubled.
For more information visit www.sac.or.kr or call (02) 580-1300.