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Music festival bows this month.

The Busan Maru International Music Festival will present its "Dream of Renaissance" Sept. 2 through 9 at the Busan Cultural Center, Yeongdo Cultural Center, Haeundae Cultural Center and other locations throughout the city. About 2,000 musicians from 20 countries including the United States, Japan, China, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany will participate in the grand Classical event. 

The Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra will open the festival on Sept. 2 at the Busan Cultural Center with "Manfred," one of 19th century composer Robert Schumann's best recognized pieces.

Concerts are scheduled every evening of the festival. Musical accompaniment will include piano, gayageum (Korean 12-stringed zither) and cello. 

The closing concert by the Asian Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by renowned conductor Wilson Ng, of the Gustav Mahler Orchestra in Hong Kong, with Francesca dePasquale on violin and Juliette Herlin on cello.

Ensemble concerts and outreach concerts will be held at other venues throughout Busan including Danurim Hall in Sasang, Haeundae Cultural Center and at various schools in Busan. Other youth-oriented programs and symposiums are also scheduled. 

- Ticket price: 30,000 won for main concert VIP seats; 20,000 won for "R"-level seats; 10,000 won for "S"-level seats

- Information: bmimf.co.kr or www.facebook.com/bmimf. For further questions, email bmimf@hanmail.net.