Southern Symphony Orchestra presents Arirang
Friday, 17 November, 2017
The Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Dr. Jeffrey Macomber, presents the premier performance of the well-known Korean folk song Arirang, which is often considered as the unofficial national anthem of Korea. Dr. Macomber wrote a theme and variations piece for piano and string orchestra. He explains: "It is a subdued setting of this folk song that, as is the case with many Asian folk musics, written using the Pentatonic Scale (C, D, F, G, A, in Western pitch identification). Arirang is a folk melody, centuries old, that carries many references from mountain passes, to mountain valleys, and lovers traversing these locations. It has a cultural presence in the folk histories of both South and North Korea."