Today, March 21, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music culminated their 2015 South Korean Tour with a performance at the magnificent Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall. In the 600-seat Chamber Hall, the ensemble was grateful to perform for a packed house, which included President Michael A. McRobbie, IU Jacobs School alumnus David H. Jacobs, as well as more than 170 Indiana University alumni.
Of the concert, Jacobs said, “An extraordinary performance, magical in its interpretation with a sustained luminousness throughout. How inspiring it is to watch these young artists grow, right before our eyes … truly an experience that they, nor I for that matter, will ever forget.”
IU Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards added, “These young people made us so proud tonight. They traveled together, made music and new memories together, and all the while served as great ambassadors of Indiana University. So rich and filled with promise is this moment – a moment that together they defined.”
I think that each one of us has some sort of “take away” from this tour. The students had a remarkable touring experience, and members of the IU Jacobs School of Music administration visited the other side of the world – through the eyes of these remarkable students. We heard about their individual interests (outside of music, of course!), watched new relationships develop, told jokes, enforced curfews, and challenged one another to be better than we were the day before. But the real joy was watching these students become members of the profession – right before our eyes. If the future of this profession resides in their hands, I promise you – it looks bright.
Our sincere thanks to all those who have made this tour possible. Your advocacy and vision made this dream a reality. Thank you. Melissa Dickson, Director of Development
Below are a few pictures from our last day in the city of Seoul, South Korea: