Sight of Sound 2015 + Tchaikovsky 1
Event / Program Detail

April 19th, 2016 at Dallas City Performance Hall

2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 (map it)

Winner of the Dallas International Piano Competition 2015, South Korean pianist, Saetbyeol Kim, joins the Dallas Chamber Symphony for her subscription debut on Tchaikovsky’s popular Piano Concerto No. 1. This year’s Sight of Sound film and music selections are also debuted with full orchestra, making this evening a spectacular, multimedia finale to an amazing season.

Richard McKay conducts

Main Event at 8:00 PM

Sight of Sound Finalist Films

Enjoy beautiful musical performances live-to-film, as the Orchestra screens a variety new short films, created by filmmakers of the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s Sight of Sound program. A professional film committee has selected the top films for screening in concert as the Orchestra performs the soundtrack. Patrons will have the opportunity to vote via text to decide which film will receive the Audience Choice Award. Learn more about about Sight of Sound, and how filmmakers create original movies for pairing with live musical performance.

Parental Advisory: Sight of Sound 2016 films are appropriate for most audiences, but this year’s entries do contain depictions of infrequent/mild tobacco use.

FILM: Bloom

Directed by Margaret To
Music by Jacques Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffman, Barcarolle

FILM: Time Crunch

Directed by H. Paul Moon
Music by Jordan Kuspa: Time Crunch

FILM: Experiment

Directed by Lili Gu
Music by Edvard Grieg: Heart Wounds

FILM: Teddy’s Bear

Directed by Caitlin Brown
Music by Léo Delibes: Sylvia, Pizzicato

FILM: Food Fight

Directed by Aparna Hegde
Music by Léo Delibes: Sylvia, Pizzicato

FILM: Red-Green

Directed by Jade Small
Music by Debussy: Clair de lune

FILM: Routine (Reversed)

Directed by Jabari Canada
Music by Jacques Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffman, Barcarolle

FILM: Zero Sum

Directed by Rebecca Shenfeld
Music by Jules Massenet: Thaïs, Meditation


Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
Andantino semplice – Allegro vivace assai/Prestissimo
Allegro con fuoco

Saetbyeol Kim piano


Convenient parking for $5 is available across the street at One Arts Plaza.

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Reserved Seating: $19-49

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What People Are Saying

  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "...the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Bruce Wood Dance Company...make an ideal cultural ambassador for the city to major urban centers in the United States and beyond."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Best Way to Watch A Silent Film 2014: ...they showed us that there’s nothing quite like watching a movie to the sound of a live orchestra."

    The Editor D Magazine
  • "The mostly young ensemble of two dozen strings responded with performances as eager and expressive as they were accomplished."

    Scott Cantrell The Dallas Morning News
  • "For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching."

    Teresa Frosini CBS 11 News
  • "…the orchestra here demonstrated a continually improving precision and comfort in a room that can be unforgiving. The Warlock Suite provided ample opportunity for McKay to show off a wonderful ability to evoke the special atmosphere, at once modern and archaic, that the composer created here."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Renaissance harmonies abounded, tinged with just the right spice of 20th Century dissonance and bi-tonality. It was brought out at just the right level by McKay."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The pointed intentionality of last night's programming, which initially looked like a musical mishmash, was to breathe new life into the old. And the structure of it was brilliant: 'Here's something you'll know. Here's something you should know. And here's something fun, so you leave feeling elated.'"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "The Dallas Chamber Symphony is nothing if not ambitious."

    Katie Womack Dallas Observer
  • "This combination of old and new elements helped transport the audience to a different time and place without over-doing musical clichés."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The audience was drawn into the film from the start, bursting into laughter and interacting with the story audibly."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "On Tuesday night, the Dallas Chamber Symphony proved they know exactly how to create a well-executed, interactive and entertaining live music/film screening experience."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "They have some incredible talent in their midst."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "There were a lot of excited whispers and shoulder grabs as people stood up to leave. I rarely see crowds so invigorated after classical productions."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "If we want to keep classical music relevant, we need to fuse it naturally with our other passions. It should be an accompaniment to our lives, not just a fancy auditory meal gobbled up occasionally while wearing fine clothes. The Dallas Chamber Symphony is making that happen."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Shows like this reinforce that I'm on board; I'll see anything this group and its artistic director Richard McKay tries…"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Dallas Chamber Symphony has, along with the presentation of a fresh and widely varied repertoire of standard and non-standard works, carved a notable niche on the local scene…"

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The orchestra and conductor McKay deserve hearty accolades for this ongoing silent cinema project, with hope that it will continue to enrich the local scene in upcoming seasons."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay had a great sense for the tempo and character of the piece, which was clearly chosen to show off Takagi's technical and artistic skill."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "As they had been all night, phrases were beautifully shaped. Throughout the performance there was palpable emotion in the playing and ultimately that intangible -- artistic sensibility -- is what made this concert a success."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The conductor’s long-term vision is precisely the kind of eclectic and occasionally challenging classical group Dallas really needs."

    Peter Simek D Magazine
  • "Everything from the first note was locked in rhythmic precision, and difficult passages were clear, focused, and musical..."

    John Norine TheaterJones
  • "The ensemble is extremely adroit in their presentation as well as programming."

    John Norine TheaterJones


Saetbyeol Kim, pianist

Saetbyeol Kim

Saetbyeol Kim, from South Korea, began her musical studies at the age of five. Ten years later she began taking part in several piano competitions in her home country, including the 40th Music Educational Competition (1st prize), the 1st Liszt competition, in Seoul and the Daegu 10th TBC Broadcast competition.

After a successful debut with the Pohang Philharmonic Orchestra, at the age of sixteen, she received the Talented Teenagers National Award in 2005. In addition, Saetbyeol participated in a number of festivals, including the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival (2013), Tong-Yeong International Music Festival (2011) and the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy (2010). Ms. Kim won the 2012 Rochester Philharmonic Concerto Competition and had two concerts with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She was invited as the guest artist to perform a solo recital at ‘Rising Star Concert’ at Texas State International Piano Festival (2014).

Saetbyeol completed her Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, where she held an accompanying assistant and served as the teaching assistant Enrico Elisi.

Saetbyeol is currently pursuing her Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory under Professor Marietta Orlov.

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