Amadeus Leopold (the artist formerly known as Hahn-Bin): Till Dawn Sunday
Thursday, January 10, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Royce Hall - Auditorium
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$15 - $35 ($15 UCLA Students)
West Coast Premiere
Amadeus Leopold, the artist formerly known as Hahn-Bin is the head-turning violinist who harnesses performance art, technical prowess, powerful emotion and dynamic staging to transport classical music into pop culture. The virtuosic and stylish performer recently changed his American name to Amadeus Leopold as an homage to two of his musical heroes, Mozart’s father Leopold and renowned violinist Leopold Auer.
A shining protégé of the venerated Itzhak Perlman as well as famed Los Angeles violin teacher Robert Lipsett, the music prodigy began his study at age 6. By age 10 Amadeus had made his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in virtually every major concert hall in Korea. He made his European debut at age 15 in a four-city tour of the Sibelius Violin Concerto under the direction of Klaus Arp with the Landesjugendorchester Rheinlad-Pfalz of Germany, concluding with his first performances in the United States later that year.
Amadeus Leopold’s new musical odyssey Till Dawn Sunday is a quintessential installment in the violin phenomenon’s ambitious and illustrious project he calls “The Renaissance of Classical Music.” Till Dawn Sunday features many of the greatest hits in the classical genre and beyond, weaving together the music of over 20 composers. Included in Amadeus Leopold’s latest musical kaleidoscope are Saint-Saëns’ haunting Danse Macabre, Sarasate's virtuosic masterpiece Gypsy Airs, Khachaturian’s sizzling Sabre Dance, as well as some evocative film scores from Schindler’s List, The Wizard of Oz, and Young Frankenstein.
“I have an obsession for those moments in great films where the soundtrack speaks the unspeakable, and in turn reveals truths about the characters we’ve come to know,” says Amadeus about the cinematic undertones of Till Dawn Sunday, the first incarnation of which has already been turned into a short film by Nowness.com, the editorially independent website of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading Luxury Group. “In a way I feel as though I have always been a living cinema, with the violin as my soundtrack — but this time around, with Till Dawn Sunday there are no secrets left untold.”
The most critically acclaimed classical artist of his generation Amadeus Leopold is credited for introducing the classical musical genre to a brand new wave of audiences through his revealing, idiosyncratic new opus.
“Till Dawn Sunday breaks the very notion of what we think of as pop and what we consider to be classical,” says the eclectic violinist. “I imagine Till Dawn Sunday is what might happen if Judy Garland, Freddie Mercury, Jacques Brel, Donna Summer and Charlie Chaplin together put on a Broadway show for the violin in an East Village dive bar.”