UTC Music Department presents the Cadek Community Orchestra
Jooyong Ahn, Director
Min-jeong Won, Conductor, Graduate Student Conductor
Hannah Kuhn, Cellist
Sunday, November 25, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center
Press Release Date: November 16, 2012
The UTC Music Department is pleased to present the Cadek Community Orchestra, conducted by Min-jeong Won and directed by Jooyong Ahn. The concert will take place in the UTC Fines Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall, 752 Vine St., on November 25, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. It is presented free of charge and is open to the general public. The highlights of the evening’s performances are Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D major, Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto with guest cellist Hannah Kuhn, and George Bizet’s L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1.
Symphony No. 104 in D major is Joseph Haydn’s final symphony and the last of the twelve symphonies composed for the two London concert series. Although it eventually became known as the “London”, Haydn simply referred to it as “the twelfth”. It was first performed in the early summer of 1795 and is in four movements: allegro, andante, minuet and trio, and finale.
Guest soloist Hannah Kuhn will perform with the orchestra in Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto. This piece was composed during the summer of 1919 and represents the angst, despair, and disillusionment that Elgar felt after the end of the War, as well as an introspective look at death and mortality.
Also included in the evening’s concert is Georges Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1. The incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne (usually translated as 'The Girl from Arles') was composed by Georges Bizet for the first performance of the play at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1872. It consists of 27 numbers (some only a few bars) for voice, chorus, and small orchestra, ranging from short solos to longer entr'actes. Bizet himself played the harmonium backstage at the premiere performance. However, it received poor reviews in the wake of the premiere and was not successful, closing after only 21 performances. Nevertheless, the incidental music has survived and flourished in the form of two suites for orchestra.
Since 2004, Jooyong Ahn has been a tenured professor of conducting and director of orchestras at UTC. A citizen of the United States and native of Seoul, South Korea, he has performed with several major orchestras around the world at many notable music venues. Ahn has held the music directorship of orchestras in Korea and the United States and guest conducted many orchestras on four continents. In addition, he has held many master classes and concerts worldwide, as well as worked with several youth orchestras. Most recently, his orchestra world premiered Harvey Stokes’ “Clarinet Concerto” at UTC and he conducted the Chattanooga premier of Scott Joplin’s opera “Treemonisha”. He recently served as visiting professor at Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea and was also invited to Harbin, China, in the summer of 2012, to guest conduct China’s oldest western instrument orchestra.
For information regarding this or any other UTC Music Dept. performance, please call the Music office at 423-425-4601.