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Cultural events to enjoy during the weekend; 2020 SAC Classic Festival kicks off with 14 orchestras performing Updated: 2020-07-31 17:10:46 KST

It's Friday which means our very own arts and culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung is in the studio to give us our weekly dose of cultural performance and exhibitions.
Hello there, Bokyoung. I see you have some classical music for us, stressed souls today.

Hi, Conn-young, If you need something to help you relax and get rid of some anxiety, then classical music could be just the thing to help you empty your mind.
The 2020 SAC Classic Festival at Seoul Arts Center showcases 14 orchestras performing their beautiful melodies to the audience. Let's take a look.

Brahms' Piano Concerto Number One gracefully fills the air at Seoul Arts Center's concert hall.
After being postponed for three months due to the pandemic, the 2020 SAC Classic Festival finally kicked off, with 14 orchestras ready to perform to audiences until August 10th.
The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra opened the festival, playing a piece by Brahms and Schumann.
Empty seats were hard to find, showing just how much people have been waiting for live musical performances.
The head of the first show says this is such a rare but valuable chance not only because the audiences can enjoy the real acoustics of live concerts but also because it shows the world how well South Korea is dealing with the pandemic.

"For this very festival, fair particularly, it's with orchestras. 14 orchestras and this is remarkable because if you look around the world it is very difficult to hold any festival so orchestra that means lots of people on stage and we have to be very careful but thanks to the government of course we can do this and it also shows the world how good we are dealing at COVID-19 situation."

"As well as the live broadcast of these classical performances, the wide screen at the outdoor stage at Seoul Arts Center will broadcast a variety of shows for visitors to enjoy."

Videos of performances that previously took place at Seoul Arts Center including the 'The Nutcracker' ballet will be played on the screen, so people can enjoy a picnic on the artificial grass while watching the performances.

What a wonderful chance for us to get rid of some of that stress. Are there other classical festivals to enjoy?

Sure, the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra is playing two pieces of music; one is Beethoven's Violin Concerto, his only string instrument solo concerto to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.
The second one, Mendelssohn's Symphony No.4 will take the audience to the beautiful scenery of Italy.
Over at the Sejong Center, the Summer Festival allows everyone to enjoy classical music with interpretations provided, along with ensemble concerts with string and wind instruments.
For musical lovers, the musical Mozart shows the inner conflict between the fate of the genius musician and his longing for freedom.
The musical's run ends soon so don't miss it.
Another new musical depicts Marie Curie's life, and how she overcame discrimination and became the first person to win Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry.
At Seoul Arts Center, the Korean National Ballet, led by artistic director Kang Sue-jin, will showcase their works from the KNB Movement project, which has been going on for five years.
Art lovers can combine art and music at 'Read a painting and Beethoven', where classical music provides the backdrop to the paintings of Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh.
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