Friday, 14 July 2017
Students and staff of the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music will embark on a tour of South Korea starting next week, with a program of concert performances and cultural activities from 17-30 July.
Under the direction of lecturer Oliver Fartach-Naini, the immersive Korean tour will see a group of 10 Elder Conservatorium classical guitar students perform in the concert program Musica Australis.
After leaving Adelaide on Monday 17 July, their first stop will be the third Korean International Guitar Festival in Yangpyeong, near Seoul, where the Adelaide students will perform alongside colleagues from Korea, China and Japan, as well as international festival artists.
Musica Australis features Australian solo and chamber music composed by Richard Charlton, Phillip Houghton, Adelaide's own Anne Cawrse and Ian Seaborn, as well as Elder Conservatorium student compositions by James Rawley and Callum Goodhand, and staff member Stephen Whittington.
Apart from other cultural activities and festival performances, the students' two-week study and performance tour will include a concert in Tongyeong, one of Adelaide’s partner cities within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).
"South Korea is one of the world's largest per-capita markets for classical music, and a major force in contemporary and popular music," Mr Fartach-Naini says.
"This is a unique, in-depth experience that will greatly benefit our students, both in terms of performance and in developing awareness of other cultures and creativity.
"We look forward to proudly representing Adelaide and our State in South Korea," he says.