Domestic Music Festival to Summon Spring" -- Orchestra
The Orchestra Festival enjoys a national reputation
as the greatest and highest music festival, and is one of
the leading programs of the Seoul
Arts Center's Music Hall. As a music festival to Summon spring, as
a determined attempt to demolish the wall of music
culture between Seoul and outlying provinces, and as the
greatest festival gathering national top players, representative
conductors and most of professional orchestras, the
Orchestra Festival has been widely recognized as a meaningful
music event embracing the present and the future of
Started as the opening festival of the
Music Hall in 1989, the Orchestra Festival has been
enlarging and systemizing as the years pass by.
In 1989, two orchestras in Seoul
and nine in the provinces took part in the Orchestra Festival.
In spite of several defects, the Festival was acknowledged
as a program of 'exemplary planning' and received unexpected responses.
Under the flag of "Winter to Spring", three orchestras
in Seoul and twelve in the provinces took part in the Orchestra
Festival of 1990. It set fire to the flame of "Orchestra
Movement", and served for the organization of 10
and over city orchestras.
The Orchestra Festival
as an origin of the orchestra movement had a great influence
on it. In 1991, five orchestras in Seoul and eleven in the
provinces took part in the Orchestra Festival. Some
orchestras in the provinces have been in trouble for
development. In remembrance of the 200th anniversary
of Mozart's death, the Orchestra Festival presented
many of originative home music, and recognized as a
The Orchestra Festival in 1992 was held
in large-scaled under the flag of "The Sound of
Home Town", in which five orchestras in Seoul and
thirteen in the provinces took part. Encouraged by the opening
of the Seoul Arts Center, the 5th Orchestra Festival
in 1993 was held with the slogan "Muse! Let us
sing in praise of spring!" Four orchestras in Seoul
and 13 in the provinces took part in the Festival. The
Festival was enhanced in the repertory and the planning.
The Orchestra Festival in 1994
was an outstanding event in which ten orchestras from
Seoul and thirteen from the provinces took part. It
was cosponsored by local authorities under the
"Big Resonance of Harmony" for 3 weeks In 1996.
It featured individual and combined performances by fifteen
orchestras from Seoul and outlying provinces. In 1998 the Orchestra
Festival was held in remembrance of the 50th anniversary
of Korean Government Establishment.
Festival invited whose members were
Koreans residing in the border of China. They were anxious
to keep the cultural inheritance of Korea and the national
self-respect. The Orchestra Festival in 1999 introduced
originative domestic music for the first time, in which
sixteen orchestras took part.