The ECCK is pleased to inform L.v. Beethoven Missa Solemnis – the 69th Regular Concert of Seouloratorio will be held on March 4 at the Seoul Arts Center. Title: L.v. Beethoven Missa Solemnis – The 69th Regular Concert of Seouloratorio Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018 Time: 5:00 pm Venue: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center How much marvelous the experience in art is? Following idiom is reminded: it would be hard to distinguish between experience in art at the greatest level and experience in religion. Beethoven wrote this in his diary before he began to compose [Missa Solemnis]. “In order to write authentic sacred music… What I have to do is to comprehensively research ancient church music and linguistic rhythm of its scripts with the best interpretation, from all monasteries. Besides, I have to find the perfect poetic form from all hymns and psalms of Christianity and Catholicism.” Beethoven’s [Missa Solemnis] is the unprecedented masterpiece in which his entire musicality dwells. According to his letter, he often said “This piece [Missa Solemnis) is my greatest work. He began to compose [Missa Solemnis] in 1819, when he completely lost his hearing. It was such a superhuman endeavor for the person who cannot hear to write a song. Moreover, he quickly lost his health at that time, so it was hardly possible to work two or three hours a day. Nevertheless, he regarded such hardship as another opportunity to leave from secular world and to listen to heavenly voice. With integrity, Beethoven always spoke out his prayers and supplications toward God, the only omnipotent one. In his letter, he said “I intended to write a piece by which performers and people in audience may arouse their deep piety. Hope for peace against anxiety in human mind; confession of piety; and sincere love toward mankind are all carved on [Missa Solenis]. Also, it is more than just presenting values of his era; [Missa Solemnis] has its own originality although it still preserves traditions. Its greatest characteristic is unceasing vitality which even transcends time and space. The masterpiece [Missa Solemnis] is ‘the greatest heritage’ which the history of music has ever created.