On Wednesday, October 27th, the OFJ held its press conference for this, its final program of this orchestra season. Named "Gala Wagner", it commemorates the 200th anniversary of this composer's birth.
Arturo Gómez general manager of the OFJ, pointed out that after various weeks in which we brought back the neglected genres of zarzuela and opera and opened ourselves to new forms of expression in the programs Gala de Ballet and Tierra de Temporal, the orchestra itself returns to the spotlight in this program to render homage to the musical giant Wilhelm Richard Wagner. During the first part of the concert, the orchestra will interpret one of his overtures and various orchestral selections from his operas. The second half of the concert features a work not written by, but dedicated to, Wagner, the Symphony No. 3 of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner entitled "Wagner".
Our guest conductor Guido María Guida told the assembly that he was quite content to return and conduct the OFJ on this, his third occasion, in the inspiring music of Wagner.
Maestro Guido is inernationally recognized for his interpretation of the German repertoire in general and Wagner's works in particular. Guido María Guida has directed operas and symphonic concerts in prestigious theaters and concert halls in Italy, Mexico, Germany, Argentina, Japan, France, the United States, Hungary, and Poland, collaborating with such artists of international prominence as Plácido Domingo, Carlo Cossutta, Ramón Vargas, Ángeles Blancas, and Rolando Villazón, among others. His previous two sojourns to conduct the OFJ have culminated in enthusiastic applause from the public and the press.
Maestro Guido mentioned that, although nothing in music is as simple to interpret as it may appear, the music we will hear in this “Gala Wagner” is of even greater difficulty for the musicians because Wagner and Brucker always composed their orchestral parts at the piano keyboard, making the execution of what has been written much more difficult on a given orchestral instrument.
This promises to be a very interesting concert in which the OFJ turns the incredible music of WILHEM RICHARD WAGNER into a "Gala" event.
The program opens with Wagner's Faust Overture,to be heard for the first time here in Guadalajara, continues with the Prelude to the First Act and Good Friday Spell music from the opera Parsifal, and concludes after an intermission with the Symphony No. 3 in D Minor "Wagner" by Anton Bruckner, also a Guadalajara premiere.
We invite the public to attend either of the two concerts, to be presented this Friday evening at 8:30 PM and Sunday at 12:30 PM. Both will take place in the Teatro Degollado, with a pre-concert music appreciation lecture before Friday's concert imparted by Maestro Felipe Gutiérrez in the Degollado's "José Pablo Moncayo" Chamber Hall at seven.