From the jubilations and after-concert celebrations in Daegu it was then time to head north west for Iksan in the North Jeolla Province; a final city on the tour, a final outpouring of Norwegian and Russian musical drama for the orchestra and a final chance for the Korean public to purchase the hottest ticket in town - Han-Na Chang and the TSO!
Although the smallest city of the tour, Iksan produced an audience that punched well above its weight in its expression of love for Han-Na, for the musicians of the TSO and for the music. Dong Hyek Lim had them spellbound as he flew across the piano keys with an intensity of emotion and intellectual purpose matched perfectly by the orchestra. It was the final blossoming of a truly special Korean-Norwegian musical partnership.
As was now standard, the audience greeted Han-Na with cheers from the moment she stepped onstage. They listened with rapt attention as the music surrounded and transported them, but as seems to be the way in Korea, the audience members behaved not so much like passengers but more like active participants on the musical journey.
As musicians we experience concert halls by degrees. Rehearsing in an empty concert hall is an experiment, playing to the public is an experience, playing to a Korean audience is a collaboration!