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Bard Conservatory Presents Seoul Yego Youth Chamber Orchestra

Emily Darrow



ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents a concert by the Seoul Yego Youth Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Nanse Gum, on Wednesday, October 24, in the Sosnoff Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts . Free and open to the public, the program begins at 8:00 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations are necessary.


The Seoul Yego Youth Chamber Orchestra performs Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C; Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47 (with the Seoul Yego String Quartet); and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48. This is the Orchestra’s only performance in New York; its East Coast fall tour also includes performances at Harvard University, MIT, and New England Conservatory.


The Seoul Yego Youth Chamber Orchestra, which began its professional activities in 1972, has established itself as the official representative of the Seoul Arts High School (Seoul Yego), widely recognized as the foremost preprofessional school for young and specially gifted musicians, dancers, and visual artists in Korea, having produced leading musicians and the finest performing artists for the last half century. The Orchestra has given numerous concerts throughout the world. In 1987, it won first prize for chamber music at the Aberdeen International Music Festival in Scotland, and was invited back to the Festival in 1994. In 1992 the Orchestra performed for the opening concert at the Okayama Philharmonic Concert Hall in Japan. In January 1997 it performed in San Jose, California, and made its debut at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. In 2006, it gave the 50th annual concert at the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul.


Maestro Nanse Gum made his debut as a conductor at the age of 17 with a youth orchestra. After graduating from Seoul National University, he went to Berlin in 1974 to study under Hans-Martin Rabenstein at the Hochschule der Kunste Berlin. He went on to study under Pierre Dervaux in Nice and Paris, France. In 1997, Gum participated in the International Young Conductor’s Competition of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation, in which he was chosen as one of top finalists and given an opportunity to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Thereafter, he conducted the Berlin Radio Symphonic Orchestra and the Hanover Radio Symphony Orchestra.


He returned to Korea in 1980 and was appointed conductor of the Korea Philharmonic Orchestra (currently KBS Symphony Orchestra). Since late 1980s, Gum has been active in organizing music programs among musicians of European countries and Korea, which led to his appointment in 1987 as music director of the European Masters Orchestra (EMO), an assembly of many talented musicians from various renowned European orchestras, including

the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and National Radio-France Orchestra. In 1988, the EMO performed in Zagreb (Yugoslavia), Budapest, and many cities in Korea. During that period, Gum regularly appeared with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, with which he toured Finland, Berlin, and Korea.


Gum’s list of guest conducting engagements in North America includes Prague’s Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, Alaska Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Leningrad Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, and Moscow Philharmonic. From 1992 to 1999, he served as music director of the Suwon Symphony Orchestra in Korea and principal conductor of the Deutsche Kammer Orchestra in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 1999, he has been primarily engaged in the activities of the Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra. Under his dynamic leadership, the Orchestra has rapidly gained prominence in the national music scene through innovative educational programs that appeal to music lovers of all ages. He is also serves on the music faculty of Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.


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The popular Conservatory Concerts and Lectures series, presented by The Bard College Conservatory of Music, continues with additional performances and master classes with faculty members and students of the Conservatory, as well as visiting orchestras and artists throughout the semester. All programs are free and open to the public. Information about these programs is available at


On Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 p.m. the Conservatory presents the Mannes College Orchestra, conducted by David Hayes, performing Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center. On Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Bard Hall, the Conservatory and the Music Program at Bard present “Music Alive!” The program, hosted by Joan Tower, features more than 15 musicians performing works by Copland, Schnittke, Tower, and Tsontakis, as well as a premiere by Conservatory composition student Conor Brown. The preliminary round of the Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition is held on Sunday, November 18, at 10:00 a.m. in Olin Hall, followed by the final round on Monday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center. The Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Melvin Chen, performs on Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center. Chamber concerts are presented in Olin Hall on Friday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 11, at 3:00 p.m.; and Saturday, December 1, at 8:00 p.m. Artists and programs to be announced.


Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. All programs are subject to change. For further information call the Conservatory at 845-758-7196, e-mail, or visit


About The Bard College Conservatory of Music


Building on its distinguished history in the arts and education, Bard College launched The Bard College Conservatory of Music, which welcomed its first class in August 2005. This innovative, double-degree program is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential. While training and studying for the bachelor of music degree with world-class musicians and teachers and performing in state-of-the art facilities, such as the Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Conservatory students also pursue a bachelor of arts degree at Bard, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Robert Martin serves as director of the Conservatory, Melvin Chen as associate director.


Conservatory faculty include violinists Eugene Drucker, Yi-Wen Jiang, Ani Kavafian (master classes), Ida Kavafian, Soovin Kim, Weigang Li, Laurie Smukler, and Arnold Steinhardt; violists Steven Tenenbom, Michael Tree, and Ira Weller; cellists Sophie Shao and Peter Wiley; double bassist Marji Danilow; pianists Melvin Chen, Jeremy Denk, and Peter Serkin; oboists Laura Ahlbeck and Richard Dallessio; flutists Nadine Asin (master classes) and Tara Helen O’Connor; clarinetists Laura Flax and David Krakauer; bassoonist Marc Goldberg; horn players Julie Landsman and Jeffrey Lang; trombonist John Rojak; trumpeter Mark Gould; and tuba player Alan Baer. The Conservatory Composition Program is directed by Joan Tower and George Tsontakis. The Colorado Quartet and Da Capo Chamber Players are in residence. Members and principals of the American Symphony Orchestra are available for instruction, coaching, and leading of sectional rehearsals of the Conservatory Orchestra. In addition, the resources and faculty of the Bard College Music Program are available to students of the Conservatory. The Conservatory also includes the Graduate Program in Vocal Arts, directed by Dawn Upshaw, and The Conductors Institute and its graduate program in conducting, directed by Harold Farberman.


For more information about the Bard College Conservatory of Music, call 845-758-7196, e-mail, or visit



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This event was last updated on 10-25-2007