PyeongChang feels the music

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PyeongChang, a Candidate City for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is hosting the 7th annual Great Mountains International Music Festival and School, under the theme of 'Create and RE–Create'.

The three–week festival, which opened on 23 July 2010 and runs to 12 August 2010, will showcase over 55 concerts and music programmes featuring some of today's greatest musicians and talented music students from around the world. Visitors will be able to enjoy familiar pieces of music and new compositions, including Asia's premiere performance of Lacrimae Beati by the renowned American composer Richard Danielpour, and performances by Chinese composer Tan Dun, Kyung–Wha Chung (Violin), Also Parisot (Cello), Lise de la Salle (Piano) and Okada Nobuo (Viola). The festival is being held at the newly completed Alpensia Concert Hall, which is dedicated to classical music performances and is located at the Alpensia Resort in Gangwon Province. The Alpensia Resort is a key component of PyeongChang 2018's Games Plan and would be the location of the Olympic Village and several competition venues. The resort also features a convention center, golf course, and extensive residential property. PyeongChang 2018 chairman and CEO Yang–Ho Cho said: "We are delighted that PyeongChang is hosting this prestigious music festival. PyeongChang and the Gangwon Province are full of Korean cultural tradition, and is home to many festivals such as the 'Danoje Festival, ' a UNESCO designated Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage. This music festival will be an exciting taster of what the area offers to visitors from around the world. " Meanwhile, the South Korean government has announced new investment plans to develop winter sports facilities in the country and help winter athletes improve their performance. The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC), supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), will invest 1. 2bn South Korean Won (approximately $1m) to operate a new Training Center in PyeongChang for athletes and provide off–season training opportunities for snow sports including Ski, Biathlon, Bobsleigh and Skeleton. The new Training Center, capable of accommodating 500 athletes, will open at Gangwon Province's Alpensia Resort this summer, and again from December to March 2011. Physical therapy rooms and exercise rooms overseen by specialists from KOC's Taeneung Training Center will also be available for athletes. The Alpensia Resort is one of the principal Olympic clusters in PyeongChang's 2018 Games Plan and would be the location of the main Olympic Village and several competition venues. PyeongChang 2018 chairman and CEO Yang–Ho Cho said: "We thank the government for this significant investment which will improve our winter sports facilities, help to enhance our athletes' performance and encourage greater interest and participation in winter sports in Korea and Asia. "

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