UTALCA PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE CITY WITH FREE TCHAIKOVSKY CONCERT

AN AUDIENCE OF ALL AGES ENJOYED THE INTERPRETATIVE PERFECTION OF OUR INSTITUTIONíS YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT THE MAULE REGIONAL THEATER.



May 18, 2016

The musical excellence of the Youth Symphony Orchestra generated praise and joy in the audience during the concert at the Maule Regional Theater, as a tribute to the 274 years of the Foundation of Talca.

The 75 musicians, led by maestro Patricio Cobos, interpreted works by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), the famous Russian composer of the romantic period.

"It was a present for the city and aims to show the work of our University, and specifically, in this case, of the School of Music and the Youth Orchestra, which, as the audience could hear, is at its top level," said President Álvaro Rojas, after watching the show.

Marcela Albornoz, Director the Artistic and Cultural Extension of the University, also highlighted the cultural contribution of the University for the 274th Anniversary of the city of Talca. "We were very pleased by the number of people who accompanied us, which shows the interest of the community for our free-of-charge and highly important activities," she said.

At this concert, organized by the School of Music and the Artistic and Cultural Extension Office - with the support of the Government Department of Education through the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Performance Agreement - were present authorities, academics, officials and students and their families from our Academic Institution, but especially a massive general public audience, as well as members of Senior Clubs.

Creations

True to his close-to-the-audience style, conductor Patricio Cobos explained the artistic value and historical importance of each work. "The best compositions by Tchaikovsky are, among other examples, “The Nutcracker”, which is a nice gift to humanity, and '”Swan Lake”. And 90 percent of his creations are very profound, sad, melancholic, but with great moments of happiness and recovery", said Cobos.

The program included the Overture of the "Romeo and Juliet" Fantasy and, in the second part, his Symphony N ° 5 in E minor, Op. 64, "The Force of Destiny".
"This Fifth Symphony is very interesting, beautiful and extremely difficult. Nothing is easy with Tchaikovsky, absolutely nothing. This Symphony was a concern for me to put in the program, because it requires a very serious commitment on the part of the musicians ", the conductor, who has a long artistic and academic career in the United States since 1978, told the audience.

Along with interacting with the public, the master talked about the creative influence exerted on Tchaikovsky by Louis Hector Berlioz, French composer and also a leading figure in romanticism, whose most famous creation is the Fantastic Symphony. "Tchaikovsky much liked Berlioz’s idea, about using a fixed idea, a musical motif, appearing when least expected and in some musical form", he said.

The UTALCA symphonic cast has been recognized as one of the most successful "Youth Orchestra" projects of the country, which was highly valued by audiences of all ages after the concert.

Musical Challenge

"Playing Tchaikovsky is very complex, because he is very expressive and intense in his compositions. It has many variations, much romance and passion. There is a lot of work behind it. It has been a months-long effort by my fellow colleagues and the conductor. It was another musical challenge and thus we advance step by step," said Fernando Wyemberg, trombone student of the School of Music.

"This is the first time that I come. I love classical music and it was a very nice presentation. I came all the way from Valdivia to see my son playing in the concert ", said Cecilia Rivas, mother of the student.

"It was wonderful. Thank you, congratulations and long success for the University,” said, excited, Maria Olga Salgado, member of the “Pehuen” Senior Citizens Club of Talca. "Very gratifying to see such a splendid act as this one, where we can see how young the Orchestra is and their commitment and musical achievement", said Patricia Álvarez, Professor of the “José Manuel Balmaceda” school of the same city.

"This is great, because universities must always deliver culture to the closer communities. It is fantastic that this comes from a state University", said after the concert Guillermo Pizarro, a retired teacher.



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