Evening features arts and artists of Korea, including conductor Shiyeon Sung; the Overture to Jun-hee Lim’s Han River, and Korean-American violinist Sarah Chang performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto. Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 5 completes the program.
Vienna, Virginia (June 26, 2015) – On Saturday, July 11, Wolf Trap and the National Symphony Orchestra present a program featuring art and artists of Korea: world renowned violinist Sarah Chang performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto, award-winning conductor Shiyeon Sung, and the work of composer Jun-hee Lim. The program closes with Beethoven’s resplendent Symphony No. 5.
“One of the world's top violin soloists,” (Newsweek), Korean-American Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Chang will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, among the most popular works in the violin repertoire, and a work for which Chang is well known. She recently recorded the work to great acclaim for EMI Classics, with Gramophone’s review stating that, “to listen to Sarah Chang is to be bathed in the sheer beauty of her sound.”
Hailing from Pusan, South Korea, conductor Shiyeon Sung became the first woman to win the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition in 2006. Since, Sung has worked with a remarkable roster of internationally renowned orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she served as associate conductor under James Levine, as well as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and many more.
In her Wolf Trap and NSO debuts, Sung leads a program which includes Korean composer Jun-Hee Lim’s Overture to her symphonic poem Han River, a romantic work in a modern style that blends Western structures with Korean melodies. The work pays tribute to the power and majesty of the mighty Han River, a waterway that has witnessed Korea’s history and remains a beloved source of pride.
The program closes with Symphony No.5, Beethoven’s most recognizable and widely performed composition. Made famous by its ominous four-note opening motif, Symphony No. 5 is a timeless piece that walks the line between gravity and grace.
One hour before the performance, Washington, D.C.-based musician and arts leader Grace Cho will present a free pre-performance discussion about the evening’s program.
The National Symphony Orchestra NSO has been Wolf Trap’s orchestra in residence since 1971. This season, the NSO is featured in 10 different performances ranging from canon, to pops, to movie scores.
National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap
Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 8:15 p.m. (pre-performance lecture with Grace Cho at 7:15 p.m.)
Wolf Trap’s Filene Center – 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Shiyeon Sung, conductor
Sarah Chang, violin
National Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Overture to Egmont, Op.84
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Sarah Chang, violin
Jun-hee Lim Overture to Symphonic Poem Han River, Op. 71
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Tickets start at $20, and are available online at WolfTrap.org, by phone at 877.WOLFTRAP, or in person at the Wolf Trap Box Office.
About Sarah Chang
Recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors, and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Ms. Chang has dazzled audiences with her technical virtuosity and emotional depth.
In the current season, Ms. Chang’s appearances in North America include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Madison Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony. Her European engagements take her to Spain, Germany, and Turkey, while in Asia, she appears in concert in Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand. Highlights from recent seasons have included performances with the New West Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Ravinia Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. As a recital and chamber musician, Ms. Chang regularly travels throughout the world and has performed with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Chang’s most recent recording for EMI Classics—her 20th for the label—featured the Brahms and Bruch violin concertos with Kurt Masur and the Dresdner Philharmonie, and was received to excellent critical and popular acclaim.
Sarah Chang has been a welcome guest with the National Symphony Orchestra since 1997, and this is her third performance with the NSO at Wolf Trap. For more information, visit www.sarahchang.com.
About Shiyeon Sung
The South Korean conductor Shiyeon Sung is characterised by a natural authority, a collegial and inspiring rehearsal approach and the ability to find the right nuance on the fine line between passion and ratio. With the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, whose chief conductor she has been since January 2014, she will go on tour in Europe for the first time this summer. Together, they will appear at the Philharmonie Berlin, in Wiesbaden, and at the Musik Festival Saar, among others. She makes her National Symphony Orchestra debut in this NSO at Wolf Trap performance.
When James Levine appointed her as his Assistant Conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007, she already had a reputation as one of the most exciting emerging talents on the international music circuit: shortly before, Shiyeon Sung had won two International Conductors’ Competitions, the Sir Georg Solti Competition Frankfurt and the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg. During her three-year tenure in Boston, she began a close collaboration with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted their season opening concert in 2007. In 2009 the orchestra established an Associate Conductor’s position especially for her, which she held until 2013.
In the meantime, the list of orchestras with which Shiyeon Sung has worked is remarkable. Renowned European orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin and the Bamberg Symphony are included, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which she led in a spectacular debut concert with Martha Argerich at the Tongyeong International Music Festival. In June 2010 Shiyeon Sung conducted the highly successful re-opening concert of the legendary Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. The Argentinian press enthusiastically praised the young conductor’s virtuoso ability. At the Stockholm Opera, she conducted Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, among other producitons.
Born in Pusan, South Korea, Shiyeon Sung won various prizes as a pianist in youth competitions. From 2001 to 2006, she studied orchestral conducting with Rolf Reuter at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin and continued her education with advanced conducting studies with Jorma Panula at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. For more information, visit shiyeonsung.com.
About the National Symphony Orchestra
The 2014-2015 season is the NSO’s 84th, and its fifth led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, also the Music Director of the Kennedy Center. Founded in 1931, the Orchestra has throughout its history been committed to artistic excellence and music education. In 1986 the National Symphony became an artistic affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where it has presented a concert season annually since the Center opened in 1971. The National Symphony Orchestra regularly participates in events of national and international importance, including performances for state occasions, presidential inaugurations and official holiday celebrations. Its regular appearances for Capitol Concerts and local broadcasts on WETA make the NSO one of the most visible orchestras in the country.
The Orchestra itself numbers 96 musicians, presenting a year-round season of approximately 150 concerts each year. These include classical subscription series, pops, concerts, summer performances at Wolf Trap and on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, chamber music performances in the Terrace Theater and on the Millennium Stage, and an extensive educational program, with performances designed for ages three years and up, and audience engagement activities as well. Additionally the NSO’s community engagement projects are nationally recognized, including NSO In Your Neighborhood (comprised of a week of approximately 50 performances in schools, churches, community centers, and other neighborhood venues) and NSO Sound Health, which has taken the NSO to the National Institutes of Health, Children’s Inn at NIH, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Children’s National Medical Center, and Inova Health System. Career development opportunities include the NSO Youth Fellowship Program and its Summer Music Institute.
About Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.
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