The Hic Et Nunk music festival is preparing for its sixth edition, which will take place from November 9-22. The festival aims to showcase changing trends in classical music and will feature six main programs. The organizer, Sejong Soloists, will present both emerging Korean musicians and well-known international musicians such as tenor Ian Bostridge and saxophonist Steven Banks.
Bostridge will open the festival with a lecture on November 9, discussing the topic of “Invitation to Music and Humanities.” He will also perform Benjamin Britten’s “Les Illuminations” for high voice and strings on November 14. This song cycle is based on poems by French poet Arthur Rimbaud.
Bostridge believes that Britten is one of the top five composers of the 20th century and has incorporated social themes into his works. He plans to explore these themes, including the war between Israel and Palestine, in his lecture.
The pandemic has allowed Bostridge to focus on activities other than performing, such as writing and lecturing. He has recently authored a book called “Song and Self” which delves into questions about identity in performance.
In addition to Bostridge’s lecture and concert, the festival will also include performances of works by Frank Bridge, Andrew Norman, and Franz Joseph Haydn. There will also be a concert for children titled “Songs My Mother Taught Me” and a session exploring technology and the arts.
Overall, the Hic Et Nunk music festival aims to showcase diverse and boundary-pushing performances in classical music.
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