20 December 2017

Important announcements about the operation and programming of the Cultural Corporation and its Symphony Orchestra in preparation for the University of Concepción centenary were made by Mr. Sergio Lavanchy, Rector of this educational institution.

During a meeting with the press, the university’s highest authority reviewed some of the highlights of Corcudec’s work, which from 2004 has installed and consolidated a cultural institutionality connecting the University with the local, regional and national community, strengthening the regular ensembles—Symphony Orchestra and Choir—and bringing to the community a regular annual program of visual and performing arts including music, theater, cinema and dance. Additionally, it has granted a professional status to its artistic resources, modernized the management of economic resources, and renovated the available facilities.

In this respect, he provided a detailed account of the symphony season, the opera productions and the work on Chilean music. At a national level, the orchestra has been particularly acclaimed for its promotion of Chilean music, which includes the concerts with music by Víctor Jara, Violeta Parra, Congreso and many others in a symphonic format, as well as the creation of the Call for Composers that has led to the premiere of works by outstanding Chilean composers, and, of course, the constant presence of works by Chilean composers in the music seasons, without forgetting the more traditional repertoire. For instance, in 2004 the orchestra was awarded the ‘President of the Republic’ National Music Prize; in 2008, it took part in the main celebration of the Day of National Music; in 2012 it received the Medal from the Council of Chilean Music; in 2015 it was awarded the Academy Prize by the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts, and in 2016 was awarded by the Guild of Art Critics for its contribution to the development of opera outside the national capital region.

According the to UdeC Rector, this model of cultural management has positioned the UdeC as a prestigious institution, distinguished by its artistic endeavors in permanent connection with the surrounding community, and by its role as the main developer of cultural activities in Southern Chile.

Regarding the season’s program, the Rector announced that the Symphony Orchestra projects from March 2018 to May 2019 will be led by Corcudec’s Manager with the Regular Ensembles’ Director and the Coordination section. In addition to them, it was confirmed that, from this period on, Chilean maestro Francisco Rettig will be assuming the position of Principal Associate Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the orchestra; violinist Dorian Lamotte will be the Principal Associate Concertmaster, and Chilean maestro Pablo Carrasco will assume the position of Resident Conductor.

Regarding the 2018 program, the Rector commented on the high quality repertoire to be performed, including works by classicist composers, such as Haydn’s Symphony n° 92, Mozart’s Piano Concerto n° 21 and Flute Concerto, and Schubert ‘s First Symphony; by romantic composers, such as Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and Brahms’ Symphony n° 4; and by French and Italian impressionist composers, such as Ravel’s ‘Le tombeau de Couperin’, Debussy’s ‘Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune’, and Respighi’s ‘Pines of Rome’. The 20th century repertoire will be represented by Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’, Bartok’s ‘The Miraculous Mandarin’, and Sibelius’ Second Symphony. Works by classical and contemporary Chilean composers will also be included in every symphonic concert. For its part, the Chamber Music Season will consist of five concerts, including works for the diverse instrument families.

Moreover, for the first-time ever, one concert will only include works chosen by the audience of the 2017 Symphony Season and through a survey via social network: Beethoven’s Coriolanus Overture and Sixth Symphony, ‘Pastoral’, and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. These works will be performed next March, in the 2018 Season Opening Concert. Additionally, it was announced the preparation of other two projects: one on Chilean popular music, another on Peruvian music.

Regarding the outreach to the community and the influence on the artistic development of the region, the Rector announced that there will be 13 educational concerts focused on the educational institutions and their surrounding communities. Other 17 outreach concerts in different counties will be performed, as well as the concerts for the University’s 90th anniversary in May, which will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

The dance project is the performance of Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’, in the choreographic staging with dancers, the UdeC Choir and the Concepción Symphony Orchestra that was so successfully premiered in 2015.

The lyrical work for 2018 will be the opera ‘Rigoletto’ by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, to be performed by the end of August.

Finally, in order to carry out this musical project, the Rector announced the continuing relationship with outstanding Chilean conductors during this season—maestros Rodolfo Fischer and Paolo Bortolameolli, as well as the beforementioned Francisco Rettig and Pablo Carrasco—, the local debut of Helmuth Reichel (Chile), Günter Neuhold (Austria), Joshua dos Santos (Venezuela) and Koji Kawamoto (Japan), among others, and the participation of soloists James Buswell and Kenneth Renshaw (violin, USA), Jorge Pinzón (oboe, Colombia), Sergei Sichkov (piano, Russia), and Davide Formisano (flute, Italia).

  • The definitive dates of concerts and other performances will be posted within the next days.-