26 December 2017
”Cascanuecescascarrabias” (“Nut-cranky-cracker”), a Christmas music play staged by the University of Concepción Cultural Corporation, its Symphony Orchestra and Choir, was seen by almost 18 thousand people in four counties over the last week.
In Concepción only, more than 14 thousand people gathered at the UdeC Central Library atrium to enjoy an entertaining musical story, which was also told in sign language and displayed on giant screens. All spaces available from the esplanade in front of the library to the Forum were filled by entire families that made an early arrival to enjoy this funny show.
Created by the Concepción Symphony musician René Ulloa, the “Cascanuecescascarrabias” takes places in our own region: a nutcracker who doesn’t believe in Christmas and is living in an old Toy Shop window will receive help from a Russian doll and, together with a child’s wish, will transform the occasion in an amazing time.
On the occasion, the Concepción Symphony Orchestra performed traditional Christmas music, and pieces by such composers as Giuseppe Verdi, Leroy Anderson, Ludwig van Beethoven, Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky and Chilean maestro Vicente Bianchi. They were joined by the UdeC Choir, prepared by their director Carlos Traverso, and singers Feliciano Saldías, Marianne Inzunza and Irina Pizarro—who also plays viola in the orchestra. The cast also includes actors and a ballet directed by Leonardo Iturra. The music was conducted by Chilean maestro Pablo Carrasco Villablanca.
This show was performed on Friday 22 in Chillán to more than 3 thousand people; on Thursday 21 at the UdeC Gymnasium in Chillán, to about 600 people, and on Wednesday 20 at the Liceo Antonio Salamanca Morales Gymnasium in Coronel, to 700 people.