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Sydney Symphony Orchestra outreach at Seoul National University

The SSO conducting outreach at Beijing’s Central Conservatory on its 2014 tour to China. Photo: Julian Kingma.

The SSO conducting outreach at Beijing’s Central Conservatory on its 2014 tour to China. Photo: Julian Kingma.

With the support of the Australia-Korea Foundation and DFAT, the SSO is set to undertake a full day of activities with students at the prestigious Seoul National University as part of its upcoming tour to South Korea. SSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson and 16 SSO musicians will visit the University for a series of morning masterclasses with the students before Mr Robertson conducts an afternoon rehearsal of the Seoul National University orchestra. Rory Jeffes, Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, said outreach activities were a vital part of the orchestra’s international tours, allowing a meaningful cultural dialogue beyond performing concerts. ‘Our musicians really appreciate the opportunity to connect with local musicians and thoroughly enjoy mentoring these talented young players,’ Mr Jeffes said. The week-long tour will first see the SSO perform at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts before heading to Daegu and Seoul.

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