The Korean Chamber Orchestra (KCO), led by music director and violinist Kim Min, will give a New Year concert at Seoul Arts Center on Jan. 30. / Courtesy of KCO
By Do Je-hae
The Korean Chamber Orchestra (KCO) will hold a New Year concert on Jan. 30 at Seoul Arts Center, with a program of Wagner, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, among others.
The selection ofWagner's Overture from the opera "Der fliegende Hollander" and Verdi's overture from the opera "Nabucco" is timely, as the classical music community around the world is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the two giants in opera composition.
The orchestra will be joined by renowned soloists like the pianist Ksenia Kogan for Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op.43," an exquisite combination of fiery technical passages and gorgeous melodies that are the trademarks of the Russian virtuoso pianist and composer.
The ensemble was founded in 1965 in Seoul by cellist Jeon Bong-cho, and it has established itself as leading chamber orchestra in the country.
Since 1979, when violinist Kim Min became its new director, the Korean Chamber Orchestra has embarked on numerous international tours to increasing critical and popular acclaim.
It has given over 470 concerts in Korea, the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Denmark, Austria, France, Finland, Estonia, Luxemburg, the Czech Republic, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, China and Singapore. Its nine-city tour of the United States and Canada in 1999 received outstanding reviews from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and the Toronto Star. The group's seven-city tour of Europe in 1997 received similar praise from German newspapers such as the Badische Zeitung and the Mindelheimer Zeitung.
In 1999, the KCO made its Salzburg debut in Austria and participated in the UNESCO Concert for Peace in Paris where it was officially designated as a UNESCO Chamber Orchestra for Peace.
In 2010, KCO celebrated the 45th anniversary and the 100th concert abroad, and up to 2012, engaged in more concerts in Germany, Romania, Italy, France, Poland and U.K to name a few.
A former concertmaster of the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Kim now is now music director of the Isangyun Ensemble Seoul, in addition to the leading the KCO. Kim is an honorary professor at his alma mater, the College of Music, Seoul National University.
Tickets range from 10,000 to 70,000 won. For more information, call 02-592-5728.