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PyeongChang Winter Music Festival
- Artistic DirectorsMyung-Wha Chung
The PyeongChang Music Festival opens a year-long celebration leading to the 2018 Winter Olympics by gathering Korea’s finest musicians as well as international stars to perform here and in the world’s cultural capitals. Upholding the Olympic spirit, our second annual PyeongChang Winter Festival starting Feb. 15 presents a variety of musical styles -- classical, folk, popular and jazz.
Among the highlights of this year’s festival are newly composed love songs for solo cello and pansori, performed by two of Korea’s acclaimed artists, Myung-Wha Chung and Sook-Sun Ahn. The dynamic piano duo of Anderson & Roe opens the festival with a concert of classics, as well as their own virtuosic arrangements, including contemporary popular music. Grammy-nominated jazz pianist John Beasley offers music from the immortal jazz figure Thelonious Monk, whose 100th birthday is being celebrated around the world in 2017, as well as familiar jazz standards from the last 50 years. He also presents a unique opportunity to hear contemporary sounds of “funk” with a trio featuring the current bass player for the Rolling Stones, Darryl Jones. Popular Korean jazz vocalist Woongsan offers her own program and joins John Beasley for some songs on the final concert.
The classical portion of the festival can easily be called a “Parade of
Young Stars” -- pianist Yeol Eum Son has won high honors at the
world’s most prestigious competitions; violinist Ji Young Lim captured
the top prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition; the
internationally renowned cellist Isang Enders and soprano Maggie
Finnegan who is the 2016 winner of International Singers Competition
at the Kennedy Center. Yeol Eum Son concludes the orchestral concert with Gershwin’s immortal Rhapsody in Blue, while jazz breezes blow through other music by Ravel, Bernstein and Gershwin. The chamber music concert features
melodies from an earlier age, but jazz overtones cannot be missed in
songs offered by Maggie Finnegan. Another special rarity is the jazzy
cello concerto by Gulda, presented as a keystone of the orchestra concert.
PyeongChang in February -- with music from old and new Vienna, from “West Side Story,” from the Golden Age of Jazz with hints of Thelonious Monk -- is the place to be.
Myung-Wha Chung & Kyung-Wha Chung