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LA Philharmonic celebrates centennial anniversary in Seoul Updated: 2019-03-15 18:00:33 KST

One of the world's most influential conductors, Gustavo Dudamel, will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in three concerts in Seoul starting this Saturday.

Seoul was chosen as one of six cities on three continents -- the others being Tokyo, Edinburgh, London, Mexico City, and New York City to celebrate as the orchestra turns 100 years old.

"Seoul is a place that have a very special place in my heart, because the warm and love of the audience. Music is beauty. We love to share that magic moment of discovering music to change and build our life."

The first concert, on Saturday at the Seoul Arts Center, Dudamel will conduct Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, also known as the "Titan." Chinese pianist Yuja Wang will play a new piece composed specifically for her by the modern composer John Adams called “Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"

The second concert will be at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena. where they'll play more popular music that'll be familiar to a wider audience.

In tribute to legendary film composer John Williams, they'll play excerpts from the original soundtracks of Hollywood movies like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Jaws accompanied by clips from the movies on a giant screen.

And finally, on Monday, Yuja Wang and Korean-American violinist Esther Yoo will give a chamber concert at Lotte Concert Hall. The program includes “Death and the Maiden” by Franz Schubert and a violin sonata by Richard Strauss.

South Koreans are known as big fans of classical music and those lucky enough to get tickets are looking forward to a chance to experience some world-class music.
Lee Min-sun, Arirang News.
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