Chamber Orchestra Concert
The Covenant College Chamber Orchestra will present their fall concert on December 5, 2013, in the Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel.
Under the direction of Prof. Lok Kim, the Chamber Orchestra will present four pieces: Valse Triste by Jean Sibelius, Valse des Fleurs by Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 and Symphony No.3 “Eroica.”
“I chose two waltzes, Valse Triste and Valse des Fleurs, that are very different,” said Prof. Kim. “The first one sounds very gloomy and sad and the other sounds very bright and joyful even though both pieces are a waltz—a music for dance. It is going to be fun to compare these two pieces.”
For Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4, Susan Hadden, a collaborative pianist, will join the orchestra as a featured soloist.
“Although Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ is the most popular piece of his five piano concerti, I personally like his fourth concerto,” said Prof. Kim. “Playing a concerto is a very important learning experience for the orchestra, because it is collaborative work with a soloist. It is like a conversation without spoken words—they communicate with their music.”
The final piece, Eroica, is one of Beethoven’s longest symphonies. Kim notes that the piece requires a high level of energy and intensity from the orchestra musicians, and that the students have worked hard on the piece.
“Being part of a group of people, struggling together on the same piece, creates the most natural bonds of friendship for me. It is so exhilarating when the result of our work is beauty and an enjoyment of God,” said Heather Barker ’16. “I consider the orchestra members and professor Kim my dear friends. The music we get to play is powerful, and I don’t want anyone to miss out on it.”
The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.