Dvorak pieces on agenda for local orchestraIn commemoration of the centennial of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s death, the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra will perform his Symphony No. 2 at the Hanjeon Art Center on Monday.
The orchestra is also celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Dvorak’s Symphony No. 2 in D minor is not as familiar to the public as Symphony No. 6 or Symphony No. 9 in E minor (also known as “From the New World”), but the themes are rich and pessimistic. Few Korean orchestras have performed Symphony No. 2.
The orchestra recently performed Dvorak’s “Concert Overture,” and will perform Symphony No. 9 at the Seoul Arts Center on June 30.
Dvorak is one of many famous Czech composers who represent “musical nationalism.” Composers like Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana painted musical portraits of the green meadows and the flowing Moldau River of their country.
On Monday, the orchestra will also perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Both composers were influenced by late 19th century romanticism.
The guest conductor, Jung Wol-tae, a music professor at Chonnam National University, studied at Conservatory Vienna in Austria, and won a second-place award at the 1998 International Conductors Competition in Budapest. At the piano will be Im Soo-jung, a student at Sahmyook University. Hong Ye-rin will play the violin.
The Seoul National Symphony Orchestra has performed more than 40 times since its inception in 1994.
Hanjeon Art Center, in southern Seoul, can be reached via Yangjae Station on subway line No. 3, exit 1. The performance starts at 7 p.m.; tickets cost from 10,000 won ($9) to 50,000 won. Call (02) 3486-0145 for additional details, or go to www.artspool.com.
by Limb Jae-un