Ticciati and the SCO wrap up their tour in Korea

Conductor Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra take a bow for the audience at Seongnam Arts Center, Korea, 23 Feb 2014.  (Photo: Charles Ian Chun)

Conductor Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra take a bow for the audience at Seongnam Arts Center, Korea, 23 Feb 2014.
(Photos: Charles Ian Chun)

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra finished the “Far East” leg of its tour on February 23rd in Korea at Seongnam Arts Center.

With conductor Robin Ticciati at the helm, the SCO began fittingly with a spirited performance of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, which was inspired by the composer’s travels through Scotland. Next came Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, where renowned Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires took center stage as the portrait of grace and sensitivity. Her encore performance of Chopin’s Nocturne No. 2 displayed a depth and tenderness that was utterly poetic.

The formal program ended brilliantly with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. With natural horns (without valves) adding historical color, Ticciati masterfully demonstrated his ability to reimagine even the most recognizable and beloved music in new and exciting ways.

SCO conductor Robin Ticciati signs an autograph for a young fan in the lobby of Seongnam Arts Center.  (Photo: Charles Ian Chun)

SCO conductor Robin Ticciati signs an autograph for a young fan in the lobby of Seongnam Arts Center.

Inspiring a new generation of musicians, pianst Maria João Pires with a young fan after her concert with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, 23 Feb 2014. (Photo: Charles Ian Chun)

Inspiring a new generation of musicians, pianst Maria João Pires with a young fan after her concert with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Charles Ian Chun

Editor and web designer, The Kangnam Hakbo (English). Instructor, Department of Liberal Arts.

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