Friday, September 19, 2014

Finals Continue Tonight with the ISO

The Finals began in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis this past Wednesday. The Finalists who performed first included Tessa Lark, Jinjoo Cho, and Ji Yoon Lee. These three all performed Mozart Violin Concerto no. 5 in A major and each provided incredibly different interpretations of the piece. It was interesting hearing the more classical side to the piece and the traditional cadenza versus a performers own cadenza.

On Thursday were Ji Young Lim, Yoo Jin Jang performing Mozart Violin Concerto no. 4 in D major and Dami Kim performing Concerto no. 5 in A major. Hearing the Concerto no. 4 twice in a row gave the listener the ability to hear distinctions between the two performers just like the previous night.

Tessa Lark performing Mozart Concert no. 5 in A major with ECCO

Jinjoo Cho performing Mozart Concert no. 5 in A major with ECCO

Ji Yoon Lee performing Mozart Concert no. 5 in A major with ECCO

Ji Young Lim performing Mozart Concert no. 4 in D major with ECCO

Yoo Jin Jang performing Mozart Concert no. 4 in D major with ECCO

Dami Kim performing Mozart Concert no. 5 in A major with ECCO

Each of the Finalists practiced diligently with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) before it was their time to take the stage. These chamber musicians sounded wonderful and from the performance, seemed to draw from the performer's power and energy. Their sound accentuated that of the Finalists in a beautiful way, with each performance having slight differences than the next.

ECCO is a conductor-less chamber orchestra, which is a first for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. IVCI has had numerous chamber orchestras featured in the Classical and Romantic rounds including the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Ronen Chamber Ensemble. However, as a conductor-less orchestra, this poses more challenges for the 2014 Finalists than in previous years.

Tonight we will hear from Tessa, Jinjoo, and Ji Yoon once more as they play Walton, Korngold and Tchaikovsky respectively.

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All photography by Dennis Kelly Jr.

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