The Heart Heart Orchestra aims to raise awareness about developmental disabilities through music.
Founded in 2006 by the non-profit Heart to Heart Foundation, all of the orchestra's members have developmental disabilities.
Their performances have touched many not only in South Korea, but around the world.
The group of musicians have performed around 1-thousand times together, including at New York's Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center.
And on Tuesday, they showcased a special collaboration at the Gwanglim Arts Center.
As the start of what's called a "Masters Series", the orchestra invited renowned musicians in South Korea to join them in their dynamic repertoire.
Led by conductor Ahn Doo-hyun, the orchestra was joined by soloists Trumpeter Sung Jae-chang, Soprano Hong Haeran and Tenor Choi Won-whi.
"It took lots of attention, love, and passion from many for the orchestra, with pure love for music, to train and achieve this level. We wanted to be part of such passionate efforts and decided to share our talent and hearts."
The members of the orchestra shared their excitement at being able to touch the audience with their music.
"Oh, I am very excited and happy. After the pandemic, I realized how happy and grateful I am to receive applause and interact with the audience. It is truly an honor to be able to perform."
"I am very excited, proud, and joyful."
The orchestra performed a total of eight pieces beginning with Mozart's overture from the opera "The Magic Flute".
The artists also showcased music from Haydn and Beethoven before their spirited final piece "B-Rossette" ended to a standing ovation.
There will be three more collaborative efforts, or the "Masters Series" concerts, throughout this year in
September, October, and December.
Those interested can register to attend for free in advance at the Heart to Heart Foundation's official Korean website.
Lee Shi-hoo, Arirang News