▲ The Havixbeck Youth Orchestra from Germany palys at the Jeju Seaside Art Center, last year. Photo courtesy Jeju International Ensemble Festival Organizing Committee.
The 15th Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival will be held from Aug. 12 to Aug. 20 at various locations on Jeju. According to their website, the largest wind instrument festival on the island, the JIWEF has been held every other year since 1995 “to promote the popularity and specialty of the wind music.”
Starting in 2000, an international brass competition merged with the festival and it became an annual event. On odd numbered-years, the focus of the festival is orientated to specifically entertain the audience, while on even numbered-years it emphasises the competition side of the event. The committee hopes that audiences will benefit from exposure to both.
For the 6th Jeju International Brass Competition, 276 musicians from 19 different countries will compete. There is 51 percent more competitors participating this year compared to 2008 since it is the first competition after it became a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions on April, 2009. The preliminaries will be held at the Ara Muse Hall, the Jeju Arts Center and the Halla Art Hall. The finalists will be evaluated based on their accompanied performance with the Jeju Philharmonic Orchestra. Winners will be awarded with a certificate and a cash prize. Also, winners will have a recital on the last day.
All three stages of the competition are open to the public, but for those who want to enjoy the festival without enduring the stress of competition can do so by attending one of the many concerts throughout the festival. bands and 10 ensembles will perform as a part of JIWEF. A welcoming concert, “Viva Brass!” will be performed on Aug.
▲ Jeju Seaside Art Center. Photo courtesy Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival Organizing Commitee.
15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jeju Seaside Arts Center. Before the welcoming concert, participating bands will march during a street parade from Jeju Culture & Art Center at 6:30 p.m. which will pass Gwangyangro, Nammoonro, Joongangro and eventually end at the Jeju Seaside Arts Center.
All five main performances, called brunch concerts, will be given at the Culture & Art Center at 11.a.m. In addition to the brunch concerts, there will be concerts everyday at 3 p.m. at the same location. During the festival, various groups will perform at the Jeju Seaside Arts Center and at the Cheonjiyeon Waterfall Outdoor stage at 8 p.m. nightly.
Besides the concerts, the festival has more to offer, such as guest lectures, International Percussion Camp, Ocarina Camp and photo exhibition. For more information, call 064-710-3494 or visit www.jiwef.org.
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