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End-of-Year Concert: Sejong Soloists (Dec. 16 @ 5 pm)

2018-12-11 16:33
A KCC End-of-Year Celebration Performance featuring

Sejong Soloists

Sunday, December 16 at 5:00 PM
Arena Stage (Kogod Cradle)
1101 Sixth Street Southwest, Washington, D.C.

Join us to close out the year in style with a special performance at Arena Stage by the renowned international string orchestra, Sejong Soloists!

Hailed as one of today’s “top ensembles” by CNN, Sejong Soloists has established itself as a first-class string orchestra renowned for its exceptionally dynamic style, exhibiting quartet-like precision to full orchestra resonance, in more than 500 concerts in 100 cities around the world. This premier group is praised for its diverse performances, including in documentaries, television broadcasts, and recordings. Having performed masterworks by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky worldwide, the ensemble also presents eclectic programs with 20th-century masterpieces and music by distinguished living composers such as Osvaldo Golijov, Tan Dun, Sukhi Kang, Richard Danielpour, Behzad Ranjbaran, and Augusta Read Thomas, among others.

Sejong Soloists has collaborated with renowned artists, including pianists Joseph Kalichstein, Leon Fleisher, and Vladimir Feltsman, cellists Lynn Harrell and Jian Wang, and violinists Gil Shaham, Vadim Repin, Cho-Liang Lin, and Kyung Wha Chung. Highlights of Sejong Soloists’ past seasons include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the United States, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Alte Oper and Herkules-Saal in Germany, Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum in the Czech Republic, Auditorio Nacional de Music in Spain, Suntory Hall in Japan, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, the National Arts Theatre in Taiwan, and National Centre for the Performing Arts in China.

Space is limited! The RSVP form below will close when the program is full. Thank you!
Minji Kwon, Xiao Dong Wang, Violins
Paul Laraia, Viola
Na Young Baek, Cello
Hyunah Yu, Soprano
Kyu Yeon Kim, Piano
Hyun-Sook Park, Piano

P. Tchaikovsky | Andante Cantabile
S. Rachmaninoff | Piano Sonata No. 2
F. Mendelssohn | Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
F. Obradors | Del cabello mas sutil
G. Fauré | Notre amour
Traditional | Oh Shenandoah
Gyu-Hwan Kim | Wondering If My Love’s Coming
A. Dvořák | Piano Quintet No. 2
From 1996 to 2005 Sejong Soloists served as ensemble-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival, and as host ensemble for the Great Mountains International Music Festival and School in PyeongChang, South Korea, from its inception in 2004 through 2010. In 2018, the group was presented by the Trans-Siberian Art Festival in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, performing with Vadim Repin and Clara-Jumi Kang. They later performed extensive concerts in Korea with Jörg Widmann, Edgar Meyer, and Víkingur Ólafsson, as part of the Hic et Nunc! Festival. Additional appearances include the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, International Cello Festival in Manchester, England, with Cho-Liang Lin at La Jolla SummerFest in California, the Taipei International Music Festival in Taiwan, and the 20th Anniversary of the Strings of Autumn Festival in the Czech Republic. Sejong Soloists was appointed an Honorary Ambassador of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games.

The ensemble has released eight highly acclaimed albums, including of Mendelssohn’s Octet and Hartmann’s Concerto Funebre with Gil Shaham, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Cho-Liang Lin. Sejong’s highly-praised documentaries, television broadcasts, recordings, youth development activities, as well as philanthropic endeavors worldwide are integral to the mission of this unique orchestra.

Sejong Soloists is also committed to advancing the artistry and leadership of its members. Currently, eight former Sejong leaders and soloists hold concertmaster positions including with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.

Sejong Soloists is named after Korea’s 15th century king, Sejong the Great, known for his contribution to the arts.

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Download the Oct. - Dec. 2018 program booklet below!
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