November 28, 2016.

The University of Concepción Cultural Corporation closed its 2016 Symphony Season with a real golden brooch. In a full-house, the UdeC Choir and the Concepción Symphony shined in company of outstanding Chilean singers and two international guests of the highest level.

The stay of the great French trumpeter Éric Aubier in Concepción was quite an event that included a National Trumpet Meeting and Competition and ended with his soloist performance with the Concepción Symphony Orchestra in Tartini’s and Haydn’s concertos. Aubier – who was the teacher of Concepción Symphony’s first trumpet, Nelson Herrera – addressed the audience in a very kind and amusing tone, saying a few words about the works and introducing his instruments: a piccolo trumpet for the high tessitura of the Tartini (a concerto originally written for violin) and a trumpet in C for the Haydn. In both trumpets, Aubier showed his extraordinary virtuosity, always keeping a surprisingly warm and silky tone. This was magnificently complemented by the transparent texture Dutch conductor Jan Schultsz created with the orchestra, evidencing his experience with European ensembles of baroque music.

The second part of the generous program consisted in the gigantic “Stabat Mater” oratorio by Dvorák. Maestro Schultsz imposed unusually fast tempi in all 12 movements. But what was lost in liturgical solemnity was gained in dramatic urgency thanks to the conductor’s constant attention to articulation and phrasing. Prepared by its director Carlos Traverso, the UdeC Choir sounded very disciplined in one if its best performances in the last years, while the Chilean soloists Andrea Aguilar, Marisol Hernández, Gonzalo Tomckowiack and David Gáez contributed with their recognized quality.

This concert was a great close for the season, a fact recognized by the audience with long ovations.