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SPO to mark Liberation Day with concert at former prison for independence fighters

Poster image of the SPO’s concert on Saturday (SPO)
Poster image of the SPO’s concert on Saturday (SPO)

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will hold a special concert on Saturday at the outdoor stage of Seodaemun Prison History Hall, western Seoul, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day.

Every year, the SPO, funded by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, holds a commemorative concert celebrating the day at iconic locations across Seoul such as the Sejong Center of Performing Arts, Seoul Plaza and Gwanghwamun Plaza.

This year, the concert will be held at the Seodaemun Prison History Hall, where independence fighters were held during the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula.

It will be the first outreach concert by SPO Music Director Osmo Vanska, who has helmed the position since January. Vanska, who has flown in from the US, is currently in a two-week self-quarantine in Seoul.

The program on Saturday consists of compositions that are often deemed patriotic, including Ahn Eak-tai’s “Aegukga,” which was adopted as the national anthem, Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, I. Allegro con brio, among others. Korean traditional folk song Arirang (arranged by Texu Kim) is also on the program.

To maintain a safe environment, the audience members will be limited to 100. Reservations for the concert can be made via the SPO’s website at from 11 a.m., Tuesday. The event will be streamed via YouTube and Naver TV.

By Im Eun-byel (