OEK Angel Chorus and Yuwaku Youth Ensemble from Kanazawa, Japan made a visit to Tongyeong from 29. March to 1. April during the Tongyeong International Music Festival 2019. Kanazawa youth delegation¡¯s visit was part of the UCCN joint project - the two cities have been exchanging artists. Last year, Tongyeong Boys and Girls Choir was invited to Kanazawa¡¯s Spring Green Music Festival.
Kanazawa Youth Music Team performed both at the Cherry Blossom Festival and Fringe Festival and was loved by the audience. Children¡¯s powerful play of Japanese traditional percussion fascinated people who gathered together for the event. OEK Angel Chorus presented such a mind blasting performance singing ¡°Evening Glow¡± and ¡°Arirang¡± together with Tongyeong Boys and Girls Choir at Standford Hotel & Resort.
The beautiful harmony of OEK Angel Chorus and the rollicking performance of Yuwaku Youth Ensemble truly added more colors and fun to the festival held in the city of Tongyeong. The children took pride in performing on the stage outside Kanazawa by introducing their traditional music and culture. They also had special moments with the families who kindly hosted them at their homes during their stay in Tongyeong.
Dream Orchestra Tongyeong presented its regular season concert at Tongyeong Concert Hall on 6 December, 2018.
The program of the concert was as follows :
Poet and Peasant Overture - Franz v. Suppé
1. The Sun¡¯s Diary
2. Avengers vs. 2014 Godzila
3. Gift by Nature and Four Seasons
Instant Concert - Harold L. Walters
Piano Concerto No. 21. K.467 – Wolfgang. A. Mozart/ Piano by Tak In-jun
Amparito Rocca – J. Texidor
Symphony – Unfinished – Franz Schubert
- Conducted by music director Hwang Eun-seok
64 members practiced hard to prepare for this concert, and the audience responded to their performance with a big round of applause. They must have felt a great sense of reward and achievement.
It has been already 5th years since it started in Tongyeong. For the last several years, the members of Dream Orchestra Tongyeong have taken lessons from music teachers twice a week and presented regular concerts. The members practicing in 12 different instrument sections are growing year by year by listening to each other and making music together. The experiences of being absorbed in music - discovering the joy of participating in arts activities, building emotional intelligence, and cultivating creativity- will be invaluable assets to them in the future.
The program aims to go beyond simple instrument education to enable children to communicate through orchestra ensemble activities and improve their self-esteem for personal growth and well-being. Linked to Venezuela¡¯s El Sistema, the music education program advocates ¡®music and orchestra for everyone.¡¯ Socially and economically underprivileged children can also receive music lessons develop solidarity, harmony and mutual compassion by making music together.
They have recently been also involved in various events like Tongyeong Citizen¡¯s Day, and the joint music concert (750 people from 20 places) in cooperation with other cities¡¯ dream orchestras, bringing joy and vibrancy to the community through music.
In 2018, Tongyeong, UNESCO City of Music held two island concerts.
First concert took place in Yokji Yeonhwa Island on 21 July. The concert designed to provide entertainment for visitors coming to Yeonhwa island to enjoy its beautiful landscape was also a platform to introduce local amateur musicians working as Tongyeong Street Musicians.
5 teams such as All-to-One, the Ant and Grasshopper, Moon Tae-il Band, Toyeong Band, and Yokji 72 Band presented passionate performances on the hot summer day. It has been the first joint stage for Tongyeong street musicians since its launch.
On 3 November, another concert titled ¡°Island imbued with Autumn¡± was held at a gym of Wonryang elementary school in Yokji isalnd. The concert was designed to offer the enjoyment of cultural goods and services for islanders remote from the city center.
The opening stage of Yokji 72 band was followed by poetry recitations, pan flute performance, reciting a poem praising a life of admiral Yi Sunshin, and Korean trot music performance. Many islanders, including numerous elderly people, came to the concert and were pleased with its well matched program to the autumn season.
Tongyeong music city will continue to hold various concerts featuring different genres of music in order to improve access to and participate in cultural life as well as the enjoyment of cultural goods and services.
On 3 November, the final-round audition of the International ISANGYUN Competition 2018 I(Cello discipline) was completed. 9-person-Jury, led by Myung-wha Chung, awarded prizes.
1st Winner Prize – Sang-eun Lee (South Korea), Jeong-hyoun Lee (South Korea)
3rd Winner Prize – Lev Sivkov (Russia)
Seong-Yawng Park Prize – Yeh-jin Chun (South Korea)
UNESCO Creative City of Music Prize – Lev Sivkov (Russia)
¡Ø The UNESCO Creative City of Music Prize was launched this year. It is given to the most popular artist who earns most votes from the audience.
Isang Yun Prize – none
¡Ø This prize is given to an artist who wins a prize with a Yun composition, but participants who were to perform Yun¡¯s cello concertos all failed to proceed to the final round.
Isang Yun Competition 2018 was held at Tongyeong Concert Hall in Tongyeong from 27th of October to 4th of November. 74 applicants from 23 countries submitted their applications for the cello competition. After the preliminary stage, 25 contestants competed on the semi-final stage consisting of two rounds.
For the final round, 4 finalists were asked to select one from the cello concertos of the listed composers- Schumann, Dvořák, Elgar, Shostakovich, and Isang Yun. Jeong-hyoun Lee and Yeh-jin Chun played Schumann¡¯s cello concerto in A minor, Op 129 while Seoung-eun Lee and Lev Sivkov played Antonín Dvořák¡¯s Cello Concerto No. 2 in B minor Op. 104. The performances were accompanied by the Tonyeong Festival Orchestra conducted by Adrien Perruchon.
All the prize winners performed their gala concerts at broadcast MBC¡¯s Changwon branch on 4 November
As for the jury, Myeonghwa Chun chaired the judging board comprising of 9 members including US cellist Paul Katz, Chinese cellist Jian Wang, Austrian cellist Valentin Erben and Alkexander Kniazev among others.
ISANGYUN Competition intended to commemorate Isang Yun¡¯s music and foster young artists is presented by Gyeongnam Province, Tongyeong City and MBC Gyeongnam Broadcasting, and is managed by the Tongyeong International Music Foundation(TIMF).
ISANGYUN Competition offers three instrument disciplines- cello, piano, and violin- in rotation. 2019 will see the next piano competition.
Poland¡¯s cities of Krakow and Katowice, Creative Cities of Literature and Music respectively, jointly hosted the annual meeting of UNESCO¡¯s Creative Cities Network from 12 to 15 June in 2018. It was for the first time that the organization¡¯s annual meeting was co-hosted by two cities.
More than 350 delegates, including 40 mayors, representing the 180 cities of UNESCO Creative Cities Network attended the meeting under the main theme ¡°creative crossroads¡± encouraging links between various creative sectors of creative cities.
Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Krakow, Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice, and Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, opened the meeting (12 June, 9am to 10.30am). Maria Francesca Merloni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities, and the poet Tyehimba Jess presented their views as artists on the development of cities during the opening.
"Culture and the creative industries represent real levers of economic, social and environmental development,¡± declared Ernesto Ottone R. ¡°By mobilizing very diverse cities, from metropolises to smaller towns, the Creative Cities Network serves above all as a space for exchange and for the sharing of experiences to invent the city of tomorrow. It offers a unique platform to support and enhance local and international actions undertaken by the Network¡¯s members to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.¡±
The 12th Annual Meeting provided participants with an opportunity to exchange and share ideas and experiences on themes such as creativity and culture for a better quality of life in cities, the impact of digital arts on work and production, necessary changes in consumption and manufacture in the face of environmental challenges.
Launched in 2004 to promote creative and sustainable urban governance, the Creative Cities Network numbers 180 cities in 72 countries focusing on any of seven areas of creativity: crafts and popular arts, digital arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature and music.
Next year¡¯s UCCN meeting will be hosted by Fabriano, UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts.