Delivering Dynamic Spirits Through Their Breaths
2017 Annual Hanyang Wind Orchestra
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With a strong sound of the timpani, the 2017 Hanyang Wind Orchestra raised its curtain on Sunday, September 17. Wind Orchestra is named after the characteristics of the instruments used in the performance. Wind instruments such as the flute, oboe and clarinet fill most of the stage with percussion and some string instruments. “Wind Orchestra can fulfill both artistic and public needs in music as percussion and wind instruments create dynamic sounds.” Said Park Min-ji, from the Department of String & Wind Intsruments.
Pieces with diverse emotions
Dynamica written by Jan Van der Roost was the first song to welcome the audience with a bright and powerful mood. The piece instantly filled the KBS hall in Yeouido with joy and glee, making the audience anticipate the next number. The song then turned into another phase where it instantly changed the whole atmosphere. Minor codes running off fast imposed a nervous feeling, as if the orchestra was being chased by something.
Concertino da camera introduced one of the stars of the night, Lim Jae-woong (Department of String & Wind Intsruments, 4th year). Lim played fast and complicated notes with a saxophone and made it look so easy, almost without a blink. As the main collaborator, Lim competed against more than 10 students for the spotlight. “It sounded like an OST from a TV soap opera. The grand music was almost overwhelming” said Lee ye-rim (10), daughter of an anonymous graduate from the Department of Urban Planning. “We came to see one of our old friends, and decided to take our kids for educational purposes.”
The following piece, Angels in the Architecture presents a somewhat unfamiliar instrument called ‘whirlies’. This instrument creates a beautiful wind sound that falls perfectly with the soprano’s voice (featuring as ‘angel’) and the title of the song. The composer Frank Ticheli noted that the whirlies are supposed to represent the halo of the angel, too. Irmak Akoglu, an exchange student majoring in biomedical engineering revealed that this is her first time at an orchestral performance, and said, “the songs they chose were amazing. It gave me so many different emotions."
An interactive performance
After the 15 minute intermission, four songs were given: Lento, Scherzo, Mesto and Allegro Giocoso as part of the Third Symphony. Then, loud applause broke out for a long time, long enough for the conductor Kim to introduce every member of the orchestra. "Encore!” “Bravo!” as several audience members shouted out their excitement.
Two encore songs followed, including Hanyang’s official school song. The first one was absolutely the most impressive encore of all time. Conductor Kim held a microphone and showed gratitude for all the people who came to see the performance, and he excitedly went on to say, “I want to take you all to an amusement park. If I give you a sign, please scream for 30 seconds as you are riding a rollercoaster. Please do scream out loud as much as the lights can fall out from the ceiling!” The performers moved their body back and forth while playing the instruments to truly bring out the mood for the audience and when Kim signed, they raised their arms and screamed enthusiastically. Along with ovation that again lasted for a long time, this year’s Hanyang Wind Orchestra closed its curtain.
"All seats of the performance are free of charge and based on invitation every year to enlarge the opportunities for Hanyang students and faculty members so that they can be exposed in this unique form of orchestra,” said Park. If you have missed this year’s show, there still is a chance soon on November 2, as the orchestra was invited to a college orchestra festival.
Kim So-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Park Young-min
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