The Indiana University Chamber Orchestra will perform four concerts this week in Seoul, South Korea, during the students’ spring break. Professors Jorja Fleezanis and Stephen Wyrczynski will lead the group of 36 students.
The ensemble will perform at Sookmyung Women’s University March 17 and Seoul National University March 18, followed by a performance to entertain American military personnel at US Army Garrison Yongsan March 20. The visit will conclude with a concert at the Seoul Arts Center, the country’s foremost art and culture complex, March 21.
“The decision to take a gifted group of our students outside the United States to perform is, in and of itself, a tremendous vote of confidence to them and to the school,” said Fleezanis. “It will teach them the importance of art as the universal language and provide perspective.”
IU president Michael A. McRobbie and other university officials will be present for several of the performances. During the visit to South Korea, McRobbie will also meet with IU alumni, spend time with Hoosiers serving in the US military and attend meetings at Seoul National University.
“I’m thrilled to share this cultural experience with my colleagues,” said violinist Ella Loman, a freshman from Dallas. “As an orchestral musician, this will be a great opportunity to grow and develop our skills, together, all while experiencing a whole other culture.”
Source: Indiana University