Concert Music Retrieves Its Audience
Written by José Aurelio Paz, with photo by the author |
Monday, 25 June 2012 08:54
The city will be different next week: A group of artists will take part of the Third Concert Music Festival, to be held in the Cuban central province of Ciego de Ávila 2012 from June 26 to July 1. They will be engaged in catching the Avilanians' attention to the best music of the universal heritage of the genre.
The organizer of the Festival, Master Juan Carlos Corcho, director of the Ciego de Ávila Concert Band and the Música Abierta (Open Music) instrumentalist ensemble, has provided a substantial program of activities, with which he aims to rescue the taste of people for a genre that years ago was king here, and now is only a pawn when there is supposedly much deeper cultural development.
On June 26 at night, the Principal theater will not only turn on its lights. The place will also be radiant with the beats of this concert band regarded as living memory of several epochs, for which reason Ciego de Ávila would be incomplete without this musical institution.
This time classical music will take over the stage through the great genius of Mozart, in a show that will also enroll musicians from the symphony orchestras of Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey. The Avilanian ensemble will also be guided by outstanding musician Enrique Pérez Mesa, the head director of the Havana Symphony Orchestra.
Starting at 9:00 pm, there will be performances at the Avilanian theater all through the Festival, with the participation of local ensembles devoted to chamber music and a group of guest musicians from several other places yet to be confirmed.
On June 27 will take place the performance of instrumentalist and hornplayer Olexis Ordóñez and his guests, while on June 28 and 29, Música Abierta will be playing, with variations in the use of instruments.
For Saturday 30, a recital has been announced by Corávila, the local choir. On Sunday, the end of the festival will be marked by the performance of the Scherzo duo and other artists who will accompany both musicians in their endeavor to make the closing night a memorable event.
In the afternoons, starting at 3:00, the Avilanian Boulevard will be filled with violins and cellos.
Students of the Ñola Sahig Elementary School of Arts will be playing their instruments for both the attendees and the passersby.
Several communities, workplaces and schools will also receive an artistic brigade, whose members will be sharing experiences with the people.
By Sunday morning will be held the usual open-air concert in the Marti Park, where bands from other municipalities are expected to participate.
An important announcement made by the organizer of the Festival deals with the fact that work is being done to produce an album by the Ciego de Avila Concert Band, which will be both memory and homage paid to one of the most valuable and persistent groups of the local culture.
The Ciego de Ávila 2012 Third Concert Music Festival could be an antidote to other popular genres that have taken from us the public music spaces. It is up to the organizers to guarantee the required promotion of the event, which would involve not only the lovers of the genre, but also, and above all, young people.
Youngsters need a broader cultural range. However most of the time we have to regret the fact that art school students and their teachers are the first absent from these music events that enrich widen the spiritual horizon of ordinary people who walk these streets thinking sometimes that reggaeton is the only kind of music on the planet.