The fifth symphony concert was attended by the University of Concepción officials.
Monday 9 July
With the Principal of the University of Concepción, Carlos Saavedra Rubilar, and other University officials in attendance, the fifth concert of the Concepción Symphony season took place on Saturday 7 July at the UdeC Theater.
On the occasion, homage was paid to the music ensemble, which recently celebrated 66 years of existence, and to César López, prop-man and assistant, who just completed 50 years working with the musicians.
In connection with this, the Principal expressed his pleasure at attending this concert which coincided with the anniversary: “I’m happy to see this joy and harmony, and how the audience enjoyed the contribution made by the Orchestra and Corcudec.”
He also took the opportunity to congratulate the Symphony Orchestra: “I hope we’ll also see when it turns 100 years”, he said.
This concert, conducted by Chilean maestro Francisco Rettig began with the overture to Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo”. Then, the Chilean-Korean pianist Liza Chung took the stage to delight the crowded theater with Mozart’s Concerto No. 21. This was followed by the “Obertura al Teatro Integral” by the Chilean composer Miguel Aguilar, and finally the Firebird’s Suite (1919 version) by Igor Stravinsky.
Mario Cabrera, Manager of the University of Concepción Cultural Corporation, expressed his satisfaction with the concert: “You could tell the musicians were enjoying it. This connection with the conductor, the works, the audience, was achieved, and their response was clear and resounding.”
Regarding the program, Ximena Riquelme, a member of the audience, said that “it was a spectacular concert, and the pianist was the golden brooch.”
This fifth symphony concert was also dedicated to the memory of the violinist Francisco Arroyo, one of the Orchestra founders, who passed away a few days ago.
The next performance of the Symphony Orchestra will be on Thursday 12 July at the UdeC Theater. It’s the fourth concert of the Chamber Season, including arrangements and original works for woodwinds and brass. Admission is free.