Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

30 November 2012

Tanzania: Korean String Quartet Bring Classical Music to Dar es Salaam

FOR the first time ever, four young Korean classical musicians are scheduled to perform in Dar es Salaam on Friday.

The Kallaci String Quartet are here on the invitation of their embassy to put on a concert in commemoration of 20 years since diplomatic relations was established between the Far East country and Tanzania. With their leader, Hyuk-Joo Kwun and Yoojin Jang both on violin, Hanna Lee on viola and Joonho Shim on cello, the quartet are expected to put-on a two-hour performance that will excite local classical music lovers.

They are scheduled to give their rendition of Niccolo Paganini's String Quartet in A Minor, Joseph Haydn's String quartet in D Major and Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No.9 in C Major.

The Deputy Head of Mission at the embassy, Seongtak Oh, told the 'Daily News' that the musicians arrived in the country on Tuesday from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where they had performed last Saturday. "At home in Korea these four are regarded as amongst the best young talented classical musicians.

They all have distinguished solo career behind them," Oh said, while in conversation at their Kinondoni office. He also explained that since their arrival in Dar es Salaam, they had time to rehearse yesterday, and had planned to get a short session in today, before their performance this evening, at the Serena Hotel in the City Centre.

On Saturday all four musicians are leaving Tanzania but each will be going in their own direction, to pursue their individual works until the quartet's next performance. It is a little coincidental that the current Republic of Korea ambassador here, who took office, last September was a desk officer in their foreign office when the two countries started building diplomatic relations 20 years ago.

Since their formation last March, the quartet had their first group performance in Seoul. Prior to this, from 2007, they were active members of Kumho Asiana Soloists. This is an ensemble, which is formed and sponsored by Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. "We believe that with their variety and wide range of repertoires, the quartet will continue to produce their genuine yet fresh interpretations of music to Dar es Salaam listeners," Oh assured the 'Daily News'.

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