[From the Scene] ‘2022 Special Concert for World Peace’ features hopes for world peace, harmony in music
Baritone Ko Seong-hyoun and soprano Jin Yoon-hee perform “I Believe” with the Seoul Pops Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center in Seocho-gu, southern Seoul. (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)
The “2022 Special Concert for World Peace”, co-hosted by the Korea Herald and the Seoul Arts Center, delivered a message of peace and harmony led by director and conductor of the Seoul Pops Orchestra, Ha Sung-ho.
“I am touched and amazed by the number of people in Korea who are sending their love and support to this special concert,” Ukraine’s Ambassador to Seoul, Dmytro Ponomarenko, told the Korea Herald on Wednesday evening. “Although South Korea is far from Ukraine, I can feel that people believe the situation is also closely related to them. I’m grateful for that.”
Yoo In-taek, Director of Seoul Arts Center, said, “I believe music can overcome weapons, wires and barriers. So this concert makes a lot of sense. I hope music can give time for peace and harmony, overcome conflict and hatred.
The audience waits before the start of the ‘2022 Special Concert for World Peace’ (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)
Among the 72 members of the SPO are four Ukrainians and eight Russians. One of the Ukrainian musicians, bassist Dmytro Ziuzkin, 47, was not on stage with his colleagues, having left South Korea to fight for his home country in early March.
The SPO opened the concert with conductor Ha’s self-composed tribute piece “Korea Fantasia”, written in 2019 to mark the centenary of the March 1 independence movement.
Combining the Korean national anthem and “Arirang”, the play sought to elevate the spirit of the audience.
“I thank everyone who came to the concert tonight. I wish you all happy and healthy,” Ha said after the first post.
The program continued with “Danny Boy”, a ballad written by English singer-songwriter Frederic Weatherly in 1913, which many interpret as a message from a father to a son going to war, wishing him safe return. security.
Sung by baritone Ko Seong-hyoun, this version of “Danny Boy” had an alternate take, a requiem for a dead son returning from a war to be laid to rest next to his father’s grave.
“Danny Boy” was followed by “I Believe” by French guitarist and composer Eric Levy, performed by baritone Ko and soprano Jin Yoon-hee. This was followed by Korean rock band singer Jeon In-kwon’s “Don’t Worry, My Dear” and Italian songwriter Domenico Modugno’s “Volare” performed by La Classe, a group of male classical singers consisting baritone Oh Yu-seok, tenors Yoon Thomas, Hwang Tae-kyoung and bass Lee Se-young.
After the interpretation of the Neapolitan favorite “O Sole Mio”, the first part of the concert ended with “Spring and Winter”, a rearrangement of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with a touch of jazz and rock.
The SPO opened the second part of the concert with “Funny Classic”, a specially arranged piece combining the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No. 1, Queen’s “We Will Rock You” , as well as “You, So Far Away”, a 1970 song by Kim Choo-ja.
A violin solo by Ukrainian violinist Sergiy Salo followed, expressing the sorrows and tragedy of war with “Moldova” and the hope for peace and harmony with the bright, joyful melody of “Skylark.”
Under the theme of a bright future and a prayer for peace, the second half of the concert featured music from various genres, ranging from pansori “Wind Road” and “Fly to the Sky” by the 11-year-old artist years Kim Tae-yeon to traditional music. Korean music “One Fine Spring Day”, “You So Far Away” and “Spring Rain” by iconic singer Jang Sa-ik.
After the audience showed their appreciation for the veteran artist and his moving performance, SPO performed the evening’s final track, “New World Symphony in Pops,” a reinterpretation of Dvorak’s “From the New World.”
Applause filled the concert hall, bringing out “Hand in Hand”, the official song of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, as an encore.
By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])