From 11/13-11/17, I went to Toronto with John and Blanton to work with TSO. At Roy Thomson Hall, we recorded the live performance of Vaughan Williams played by TSO, with Peter Oundjian as the conductor.
We recorded Kurt Sander’s new Orthodox Liturgy, sung by 26-voice Russian Patriarch Tikhon Choir. Blanton was the producer and John was the recording engineer. We recorded it at the New Gracanica Monastery in Chicago from 8/1-8/5.
Fazil Say, a Turkish pianist and composer is considered one of the great artists of twenty-first century. His work “Dört Şehir (Four Cities) Sonata” portrays his life-long journey. It consists of four movements with names of different cities that inspired him. Fazil Say expressed his memories and events through this sonata. The third movement, “Ankara” was named after the city where he was born and raised. The tragedy of the First World War was depicted throughout the song, particularly the middle section.
This is an orchestral version of the song I wrote called That Day, That Time, and That Place. It was the first orchestral music I wrote, and I submitted for a national composition competition in Korea. Thankfully, I won the 1st prize and it was performed by a symphony orchestra and choir. It was also chosen as the title song of an album. The album arrangement is available below: