▲ The Jeju Seaside Arts Center, during last year's festival, is one of four major venues throughout the island for the 2012 Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival running from Aug. 10 to 18. Photo courtesy The Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival
In the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (JIWEF)’s 17-year history, this summer will be the first time that it will host The Wind Ensemble Festival, The WInd Orchestra Festival, and The Brass & Percussion Festival, simultaneously. Previously, The Wind Orchestra Festival, which is geared toward audience enjoyment, was held every odd year while The Wind Ensemble Festival and The Brass & Percussion Festival, the competition leg of the event, were held every even one.
“This is a very memorable year” because of this change, said Hong Euna, a member of the JIWEF Organizing Committee for the past 10 years. She added, “This year we mixed it up and ma[de] a grand wind festival.”
During this eight-day festival, running from Aug. 10 to 18, roughly 1,500 musicians from all over the world will descend on Jeju’s shores to not only compete against one another but to fill the air with beautiful music.
The festival contains The 10th Band Competition of Elementary School (specifically for Jeju Island schools), The 7th Jeju International Brass & Percussion Competition, and The 2nd International U-13 Band Contest. Winners will be awarded money (only for the brass and percussion competition) and gold, silver, and bronze prizes by the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.
On hand for the event will be world-renowned Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost who has composed almost 100 works, Belgian composer Jan Van Landeghem, and Taiwanese trumpeter and the festival’s artistic director Yeh Shu Han, as well as scores of other respected musicians.
“We invited a very special composer,” said Hong, referring to Van der Roost. “For the Korean people it is a very, very rare opportunity to meet him here … he’s like a star in the composer field.”
On Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jeju Seaside Arts Center Van der Roost will conduct the Jeju Wind Orchestra — which is composed of Jeju professional and university musicians — during the Welcoming Concert, which Hong said is nothing short of an honor for Jeju’s musicians.
“It is a really great opportunity as a musician to meet the composer himself; I think that is very special,” she said, emphasizing that it is an “honor for the [Jeju Wind Orchestra] to be conducted by a very well-known composure.”
▲ Guest composer Jan Van der Roost will conduct the Jeju Wind Orchestra on Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jeju Seaside Arts Center, Jeju City, during the 2012 JIWEF's Welcoming Ceremony. Photo Courtesy The Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival
During the festival there will also be daily Brunch Concerts from Saturday, Aug. 11 to 17 at 11 a.m. by select participating bands at the Jeju Culture & Art Center in Jeju City, as well as two special concerts, one by Aeolus Brass Ensemble on Aug. 13 at the Jeju Culture & Art Center at 8 p.m., and the other by Spanish Brass ‘Luur-Metalls’ on Aug. 16 at the Jeju Culture & Art Center at 8 p.m.
These two ensembles were specifically invited to perform during the event.
On top of that running from Aug. 11 to 17 there will be two concerts daily (one at 3 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m.) at various locations throughout the island as part of the JIWEF for Locals program. For details, visit the JIWEF Web site.
A total of 24 wind orchestras will perform throughout the eight days.
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