A second performance of Accents Catalans (2016), a Symphonic overture based on Catalonian folk music, was performed by the Bucheon Philharmonic with Maestro Youngmin Park in Bucheon on September 30, 2016, 7:30 PM. Accents Catalans (‘Catalan accents’) was commissioned by The Bucheon Philharmonic of South Korea and Maestro Youngmin Park, and was premiered at the Concert Hall of the Seoul Arts Center during the Orchestra Festival Series on April 10, 2016. This September concert will replaced the originally scheduled May 12 concert. Maestro Park just released a new CD on SONY records featuring Mahler’s 6th Symphony.
On July 15, 2016, the Banda Municipal de Barcelona conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons performed the second and last movements of Symphony No. 1 for symphonic band, at the Plaça del Rei in Barcelona.
Wandering Spirit (2013) for violin and piano was recently performed several times in Barcelona by Heriberto Fonseca, violin, and Keiko Ueno, piano. On July 2, 2016, at MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya), on June 27 at Puig Pianos, and on April 30 at Sole Luthiers.
Wandering spirit for violin and piano is a musical metaphor for the quest for truth, symbolized musically by moments of discovery, with longing and soaring solo lines in the violin, and moments of struggle marked by dissonant interaction between the violin and the piano. This work ends with a bright major harmony through which both the music resolves and the quest comes to an end.
Published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag.
This June, the Banda Municipal de Barcelona conducted by maestro Salvador Brotons recorded for Naxos Elisenda’s Symphony #1 for Symphonic Band. On July 15, two movements from the Symphony were performed at the historic Plaça del Rei in Barcelona on July 15. Symphony #1 for Symphonic Band was commissioned and premiered by the Banda Municipal de Barcelona on February 8, 2014, at L’Auditori de Barcelona with Maestro Youngmin Park conducting.
Accents Catalans (‘Catalan accents’), a Symphonic work based on Catalan folk music commissioned by The Bucheon Philharmonic of South Korea and maestro Youngmin Park, was premiered to an enthusiastic audience at the Concert Hall of the Seoul Arts Center during the Orchestra Festival Series on April 10, 2016.
Pianist Jinha Park offered a piano recital at Kumho Art Hall on May 27, 2016, at 8 PM which included Homenatge a Mompou commissioned and premiered by Dutch pianist Marcel Warms in 2006. This work was written as an homage to Catalonian composer Federico Mompou, which I had the pleasure to meet and play for back in the late 70s. Jinha’s recital also included works by Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann.
Homenatge a Mompou is published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag.
On March 29, 2016, 8 pm, pianist Mijung Im performed Mirage for piano at her solo recital at IBK Chamber Hall of the Seoul Arts Center. Im Mijung’s Korean tour included recitals at Mokpo National University, Concert Hall, on March 22, 5PM; Geochang Concert House Inc. on March 23, 7;30PM; Wonju Space Sammu, on April 2, 7;30PM; and Busan Cinema Center, Haneulyeon Theater on April 7, 7:30 PM. (Her recital also included works by Phillip Glass, W. L. Gillock, and Piazzolla.) In 1998, Mijung Im premiered Mirage at Merkin Hall in New York City after winning the Gold Medal at the San Antonio International Piano Competition in 1997 where Mirage was the commissioned work. More info on Mijung’s program.
The Oakwood Chamber Players performed Voces de mi tierra for flute, cello and piano on January 21 and 22, 2016, at the Oakwood Center for Arts & Education in Madison, WI.
Pianist Jinha Park will perform Mirage for piano by Elisenda Fábregas at the Christmas Concert sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in Seoul. The concert will take place at Pony Chung Hall, in Seoul, on December 14, 2015, at 7:30 PM. Her program will also include Ravel’s Alborada del grazioso.