September 11, 2015
The OFJ Celebrates 100 Years of Orchestral Tradition in South Korea´s 2015 Busan Maru International Music Festival
· Three stellar performances were welcomed by enthusiastic audiences that rose to their feet in repeated standing ovations on all three occasions.
The Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (OFJ), under the baton of Music Director Marco Parisotto, presented a three-concert series in South Korea’s Busan Maru International Music Festival, part of this year´s festivities which celebrate 100 years of orchestral tradition in the State of Jalisco.
For the September 4th inaugural concert, given in the Busan Cultural Centre, the OFJ interpreted works by Franz von Suppé, Sergei Rachmaninov Igor Stravinsky and the “gran finale”, José Pablo Moncayo´s Huapango, which allowed the OFJ to experience a special, Korean form of ovation: The audience members stood and raised their arms above their heads to form the symbol of a heart, symbolizing love and approval for the performance.
During this concert, the organizers of the Busan Maru International Music Festival commented that the OFJ’s arrival marked the visit of the largest cultural delegation to Busan in the history of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Korea.
In the second concert, given September 5th in the Gyeongnam Culture & Arts Center, the Korean public was treated to some popular Mexican tunes, including the Manuel Enríquez arrangements of “Camino Real de Colima”, “El Sinaloense”, and “Guadalajara” While the orchestra performed the Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, the audience began to move and sway to the work’s contagious rhythm, and once again the OFJ was greeted by a rousing ovation, complete with cries of “Encore, encore!”, obligating the music director to return to the stage seven times in order to accept all the applause.
The final concert of the series took place on September 6th at the Main Hall of the Eulsukdo Cultural Centre. Here, the OFJ interpreted music by Suppé, Sarasate, Tchaikovsky, Márquez and Moncayo, again including the popular “Camino real de Colima”, “El Sinaloense” and “Guadalajara”. The audience response on this occasion was such that the orchestra was forced to return to the stage three times because the public was unwilling to leave.
On the heels of this triumphal tour comes the September 18th beginning of the orchestra’s Third 2015 Season, whose highlights include works by John Williams, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Chopin, Bartok, and William Schuman, as well as an exciting 2015 Opera Season and our annual Christmas gala.
From the 18th of September through the 20th of December, the OFJ can be seen and heard in its usual home, the magnificent Teatro Degollado, Friday evenings at 8:30 PM and Sunday afternoons at 12:30 PM.