I Musici marks 60th year with tour
By Rachel Lee
The Italian chamber orchestra I Musici will collaborate with Korean guitarist Kim Se-hwang in tour of Korea next month.
The award-winning orchestra will start the concert series “Legendary I Musici 60th” in Seoul on June 15 at Seoul Arts Center, followed by six other major cities including Uijeongbu, Daegu, Jeonju and Anyang.
It’s the last leg of the orchestra’s two-year world tour that was designed to celebrate its 60th anniversary of the founding and the first performance since last June. Kim used to play with Korean rock band N.EX.T.
The two music giants will perform “Concerto Grosso” by Luis Bacalowat.
Created in 1952 by graduates of the National Academy of St. Cecilia in Italy, the string orchestra comprises 12 members — six violinists, two violists, two cellists, one double bassist and one cembalist.
For the past 60 years, the chamber orchestra has pursued wide-ranging genres from Baroque to contemporary music. Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” remains their representative repertoire.
Renowned film directors Ennio Morricone and Luis Baclov wrote a piece of music specifically for the 60th anniversary. Leader Antonio Anselmi will also perform “The Four Seasons,” which he reinterpreted.
The grand finale of the world tour in Korea will also feature Korean folk song “Arirang,” dedicated by Professor Kim Han-ki, for the first time in Korea.
“Legendary I Musici 60th” will be held at Seoul Arts Center on June 15, Uijeongbu Art Center in Gyeonggi Province on June 16, Suseong Artpia Daegu on June 17, Gyeongnam Culture and Art Center in South Gyeongsang Province on June 19, Anyang Art Center on June 21, Busan citizens hall on June 22 and Sori Arts Center in North Jeolla Province on June 23.
Tickets range from 60,000 to 140,000 won.
For more information, call (02) 6249-4500 or visit www.arcadiakorea.com.