Joint Concert of Stuttgart and Hanyang University
Two different nations' orchestras speak one language of music
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On September 16th, 2018, the sound of a grand orchestra filled the Paiknam Concert Hall at Hanyang University. The orchestras from the University of Stuttgart and Hanyang University collaborated to hold a joint concert. The concert was held in order to expand and share the art and culture between the two universities.
The University of Stuttgart, widely known for its studies and research in the field of engineering, was established in 1829. Hanyang University and the University of Stuttgart had established and maintained a liaison since 1992. For the past two years, the presidents of both schools have been paying courtesy visits. In 2016, the president of Stuttgart University visited Hanyang University and suggested the idea of a joint concert. Discussions followed for years and the idea actualized, making it possible to hold this event.
The joint concert consisted of 5 parts, which had the Hanyang and Stuttgart Orchestras playing back and forth at first, then they made a grand finale by coming together to play at the end. The Hanyang Orchestra performed Wagner’s Meistersinger Overture, and the Stuttgart orchestra performed Violin Concerto No. 1 Prokofiev and Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4. The final performance started with Bizet; Carmen Overture and finished with “I’d Like to Live on a Green Mountain (청산에 살리라)," which is a piece written by the founder of Hanyang University, Kim Yeon-jun. The University of Stuttgart does not have a college of music. The orchestra is part of a club that consists of around 70 students and graduates. As for the Hanyang Orchestra, around 70 students composed of juniors and seniors played in the joint concert.
"It was very touching to see Germany, which used to seem geographically and culturally so far from us, becoming one through the language of music. Especially the part where they all played 'I'd Like to Live on a Green Mountain,' which German students must have never heard of, nevertheless played so beautifully in harmony with the Hanyang Orchestra. I hope through holding many meaningful events with foreign universities, there would be more opportunities to have deeper relationships with them and share our different yet special cultures together,” commented Lee Angie, the senior manager of the Office of International Affairs at Hanyang University, who helped host the event.
Through this year’s joint concert, the bond between the two schools will be much tighter, raising hope for more cooperation for more events. Next year, there will be a seminar or an academic session regarding the natural sciences and engineering. Unlike this year, when the host was Hanyang University itself, next year there is a possibility that Stuttgart will invite Hanyang University to Germany.
“It was an honor to play in the joint orchestra as the concert master. It was also a great experience for me to play with foreigner friends who were candid with their music and free in the way they express music. I was glad we, as an orchestra performing in the regular concert coming up, had the opportunity to be in tune with each other beforehand. The university orchestra festival is on November 7th at the Seoul Arts Center concert hall at 8 p.m. I hope many people will freely come and enjoy the music of the Hanyang Orchestra,” said Kim Hyung-Eun (Department of String & Wind Instruments, 4th year).
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Photos by Hwang Yu-jin
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