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Audience Demands Encore After 'Gripping' Seoul Concert

Posted February 11, 2014

Alan Gilbert NY Philharmonic Seoul 

ASIA / WINTER 2014 began in Seoul, with concerts The Korea Herald called "gripping" and "energetic." The Herald's Sohn Ji-young wrote that after Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, which closed Thursday's concert:

the crowd erupted into a grand applause, with many cheering and giving standing ovations. The applause did not die down for several minutes, which prompted [Music Director Alan] Gilbert to run back onto the stage and lead the orchestra in an encore performance of the overture to Glinka’s opera “Ruslan and Ludmila.” ...

Indeed, the New York Philharmonic has once again proven itself to be one of the world’s most highly acclaimed orchestras, with a vivid spectrum of orchestral colors and textures as well as musical finesse.

(Photo: Seoul Arts Center)