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Classical Music


Published : Aug. 12, 2011 - 18:49

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“Hyundai Capital Invitational Jo Su-mi Park Concert”: Hyundai Capital is to hold an Invitational Jo Su-mi Park Concert on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at an outdoor stage of the Olympic Park’s 88 Jandi Madang. Since 2007, the financial company has been holding its Invitational performance series. Last year, BBC Symphony Orchestra was invited. Soprano Jo’s concert program will be a variety of opera arias under the theme, “songs of gypsy and bohemians.” The arias include “Gypsy Carmen” in Bizet opera “Carmen,” “I Hear the Sound of Cymbals” in Lehar operetta “Gypsy Love” and “Oh Lovely Maiden” in Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Conductor Steven Mercurio, tenor Joseph Calleja, violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill and the Korea Symphony Orchestra will collaborate. Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won. Children under 5 will not be admitted. For tickets, visit, or Tickets will open on Aug. 16. 
Soprano Jo Su-mi (Hyundai Capital) Soprano Jo Su-mi (Hyundai Capital)

“Seven Stars”: Seven classical music stars will gather in Daegu, Jinju and Incheon in early September to perform together. Led by maestro Chung Myung-whun, cellist Yang Sung-won, pianist Son Yeol-eum, violinist & violist Lee Yu-ra, violinist Shin Ara, cellist Young Song and guitarist-composer Lee Byung-woo will stage chamber music. The program includes de Fossa Guitar Trios No.1 in A Major Op. 18-1, 4, Schubert Piano Trio No.1 in B flat Major, D. 898, Paganini Medley and Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor Op. 60, “Werther.” The performance will take place at Suseong Artpia in Daegu on Sept. 4, Gyeongnam Arts Center in Jinju on Sept. 6 and Incheon Culture and Arts Center in Incheon on Sept. 8. Tickets range from 40,000 won to 100,000 won. For more information, visit or call (02) 518-7343.

“Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra’s Russia Sentimental”: A special concert featuring Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky is to be held at the Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall on Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. With new artistic director and conductor Geum No-sang, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra will deliver the unique sounds of the Russian symphony with pianist Suh Hai-kyung on Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. The second part of the program will be Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Geum studied conducting at Wien Music Hochschule, under Professor Otmar Suitner, the general music director and conductor of the Staatoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, from 1980 to 1985. He has been invited to conduct orchestras in Austria, Macedonia, Italy, China, Taiwan and Japan. On returning to South Korea, he conducted the prestigious KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won. For details, call (042) 610-2262.

“2011 Peace Concert”: Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will lead his youth orchestra, consisting of artists from the Middle East including Israelis and Palestinians, to perform “2011 Peace Concert” in Imjingak near the demilitarized zone to promote peace on the Korean peninsula on the Liberation Day of Aug. 15. The program will be Beethoven Symphony No. 9 “Choral,” which will be collaborated with Korean singers including soprano Jo Su-mi, mezzo soprano Lee Ah-kyung, tenor Park Ji-min, bass Maurice Ham and three choirs. Tickets for the Aug. 15 peace concert are priced at 35,000 won. Call 1577-5266 or 1544-1555.