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Classical music festival in mountains to provide cool relief this summer

Some people think classical music is boring. But it all depends on where you are listening. Forget about an enclosed auditorium or a concert hall packed with audience members. Imagine instead a music concert where people can listen to the melody while sitting on green grass and enjoying clean air, a beautiful natural environment in the mountains with shining stars in the sky.

Musicians of the Great Mountain Music Festival If you are dreaming of a unique musical experience in an open, clean environment this summer vacation, the Great Mountain Music Festival in Gangwon-do (province) is the one you should definitely go for.

From July 22 to Aug. 14, the sixth Great Mountain Music Festival & School will offer world-class classical musical performances, which will take place at various locations around Daegwallyeong and Yongpyong Ski Resort, located in Korea’s most mountainous province of Gangwon-do.

Students of the Great Mountain Music School With the title "What’s in a name?" taken from a line in one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays "Romeo and Juliet," the upcoming festival aims to show how the title of a musical score presents the composer’s intentions, and is enjoyed by the audience.

During the festival period, led by artistic director and professor of the Julliard School Kang Hyo, "A series of concerts by noted musicians," (unofficial translation), the highlight of the festival, will take place with some 30 of today’s most celebrated artists from locally and overseas, including famous Korean cellist Chung Myung-Wha, Tan Dun, award-winning Chinese music director of the Hollywood movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Elmar Oliveira, the first U.S. violinist to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition and Sejong Soloists led by Professor Kang Hyo and violinist Chee-Yun. They will perform pieces written by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Dvorak, Edward Elgar, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Schumann, to name but a few.

Students of the Great Mountain Music SchoolThis program will be also screened in the outdoor grass garden of Yongpyong Ski Resort, along with the opening and closing day’s performances, for those who are unable to get tickets.

During the festival, 184 students from 12 countries and passionate faculty lecturers of the Great Mountain Music School will participate in a two-week long intensive training of the next generation of classical musicians. They will learn musical techniques and exchange information and passion for classical music with the world-class musicians who will join the festival.

Musicians of the Great Mountain Music Festival Other programs of the festival include concerts by rising musicians, where young stars-to-be will show their talents, master classes and conversations with musicians that ordinary people can take part in.

For tickets for the festival visit here (Korean). For more information about the festival, visit here or call 033-249-3374. For language service regarding general travel enquiries, call Korea Travel Phone 02-1330 (English, Chinese or Japanese available around the clock.)

By Yoon Sojung Staff Writer

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