2020 Seoul International Music Festival

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With a heart full of joy,
The Seoul International Music Festival is approaching.

A Music Festival with musicians all around the world opens in Seoul for everyone.

 
Autumn Festival : October 23 - November 1, 2020.
The Seoul International Music Festival, bringing the most special classical music all around the world to the metropolitan city of Seoul.

The Seoul International Music Festival will be presenting unique collaborations, world premieres, new interpretations on classic works, and pieces that have been praised by critics, with musicians with strong character and blooming career.

The Seoul International Music Festival will be an experience of togetherness and immense joy that you will not want to miss.

2020 Programs 12th Anniversary, 'Great Maters'.

'The inheritance of music from great composers'

The 12th Seoul International Music Festival 2020 presents “The Great Masters” series, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

This year, our festival’s main theme is Beethoven. We are excited to present you with a great opportunity to explore the diversity and depth of Beethoven’s music through his violin sonatas, symphonies, concertos, and various versions of chamber music. We have added his early work and different arrangement versions to our program for a new and interesting experience. We will also introduce the works of other Great Masters encompassing the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern and Contemporary eras. The SIMF hopes to promote the value of music in this age of Corona Virus through their music.

We open by commemorating the death of the great maestro Penderecki, who passed away this past March, in the opening performance “Beethoven and Penderecki” through his 'Chaconne'. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which is known as the ‘king of concertos’, and Symphony No.4, which embodies the liveliness and warmth of Beethoven’s music most impressively, is a gift from the muses to all the revived performances. The second performance “The Immortal Composer” presents Beethoven’s various chamber music all in one stage and is performed by the best singers, wind and string musicians. The third performance, which is our largest performance, includes Symphony No.6 in F Major and the arias of Beethoven’s only opera 'Fidelio'. Also, Mendi Mengjiqi’s 'Abandoned Ones for String' will world-premiered. This piece is written for the abandoned and pained ones with hopes to console the pain of today’s world through music.

In our closing performance, Ensemble Opus presents Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.4 rearranged for flute quartet, and The Sextet for Horns and String Quartet. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5, which includes harpsichord cadenza, will be played by Pianist Jiyoung Moon who plays harpsichord for the first time. 'Sonata Amabile', a composition by Taeksu Kim, is an extraordinary piece commissioned by the SIMF. It is filled with enriching expressions and beautiful melody.

The Great Masters are not merely caged inside history.
Their inheritance is what made our lives today, and still gives us hope and courage to move forth towards the future.

Detail

SIMF 2020 Opening concert "Penderecki and Beethoven"

7:30PM 23rd October(Fri) Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall

Conductor Adrien Perruchon, Violin Juyeong Baek, Korean Chamber Orchestra KCO(Music Director/Leader:min Kim)

Krzysztof Penderecki - Ciaccona
Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin concerto (Soloist Juyeong Baek)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No.4



SIMF 2020 Beethoven, The Immortal Composer

7:30PM 29th October(Thu) Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall

Soprano Myung Joo Lee, Oboe Hyunok Lee, Clarinet Han Kim, Bassoon Eunho Lee, Horn Seokjun Lee, Violin Juyeong Baek, Dami Kim, Viola Sangjin Kim, Hanna Lee, Cello Minji Kim, Piano Kyuyeon Kim, Ilya Rashkovskiy

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 16
(Oboe Hyunok Lee, Clarinet Han Kim, Bassoon Eunho Lee, Horn Seokjun Lee, Piano Kyuyeon Kim)
Ludwig van Beethoven - An die Ferne Geliebte Op.98
(Soprano Myung Joo Lee, Piano Ilya Rashkovskiy)
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29
(Violin Juyeong Baek, Dami Kim, Viola Sangjin Kim, Hanna Lee, Cello Minji Kim)



SIMF 2020 'Salvation of the Forsaken'

7:30PM 30th October(Fri) Lotte Concert Hall

Conductor Hogeun Yoon, Soprano Myung Joo Lee, Tenor Shindong Won, Bass Samuel Yoon, SIMF Orchestra

Mendi Mengjiqi - Forsaken for String Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven - fidelio No.6,7,9,11
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No.6



SIMF 2020 Closing concert Ensemble OPUS “With the Music

8PM 1st November(Sun) Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall

Flute Sunghyun Cho, Horn Seokjun Lee, Hongjin Ju, Violin Juyeong Baek, Dami Kim, Jiwon Song, Sukyung Ahn, Viola Sangjin Kim, Hanna Lee, Jaeyoon Kim, Cello Minji Kim, Kyungeun Choi, Double Bass Jeongho Park Piano Ilya Rashkovskiy, Harpsichord Jiyeong Mun

Texu Kim - Sonata Amabile
(Violin Juyeong Baek, Piano Ilya Rashkovskiy)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sextet in E-Flat Major, Op. 81
(Horn Seokjun Lee, Hongjin Ju, Violin Dami Kim, Juyeong Baek, Viola Sangjin Kim, Cello Minji Kim)
Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV 1050 (Soloist Dami Kim)
(Flute Sunghyun Cho, Violin Juyeong Baek, Jiwon Song, Sukyung Ahn, Viola Sangjin Kim, Hanna Lee, Jaeyoon Kim, Cello Minji Kim, Kyungeun Choi, Double Bass Jeongho Park, Harpsichord Jiyeong Mun)


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