Artistic Di=ector
Adversity and Transfiguration

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Mazzoleni Concert Hall in Ihnatowycz Hall,
Royal Conservatory of Music
273 Bloor Street West

Free Admission


The “Adversity and Transfiguration” concert was programmed using a mythical story of the rebirth or “change” that an eagle undergoes through its lifetime. The repertoire selected for this concert expresses the message of this story.
The eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. In its 40th year, its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey that serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE that lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountaintop and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers. And after 5 months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years. Why is change needed? Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process or transfiguration. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. By freeing past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.

Rebirth of the Eagle


Piano Trio No. 2, D. 929 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Franz Schubert
  II. Andante con motto  
"You Raise Me Up” ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rolf Løvland                       
  Arr. Gideon Gee-Bum Kim for clarinet, violin, cello and piano  
“Song of the Heavens and Firmament” for piano trio ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gideon G. Kim
  I. When I cry with my voice
II. Song of the heavens and firmament
III. Song of the ransomed of the Lord



“Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps” pour violon, clarinette, violoncelle et piano ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Olivier Messiaen
  I. Liturgie de cristal
II. Vocalise, pour l’Ange qui snnonce la fin du Temps
IV. Intermède
VI. Danse dela fureur, pour les sept trompettes
VII. Fouillis d’arcs-en-ciel, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fi du Temps
VIII. Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus


Toronto Messiaen Ensemble

Takayo Noguchi, violin
Peter Pinteric, clarinet
Seolhee Ashley Choi, cello
Hyuk Kim, piano
Gideon G. Kim, composer


Gideon Gee-Bum Kim, managing/artistic director


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