WONDERS OF THE OFJ IN PALCCO
*Review published in the Guadalajara newspaper MURAL, Reforma Group, on Friday, October 7, 2016, by Armando García.
The OFJ´s interpretation of The Rite of Spring brought the PALCCO audience, nearly 500 strong, to its feet. The apotheosis arrived at 10:45 PM this past Thursday, as Marco Parisotto and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (OFJ) brought Igor Stravinsky´s masterpiece to a close.
The concert, which took place in the Sala José Pablo Moncayo of the Palacio de la Cultura y la Comunicación (Palcco), was the first official program, entitled “Wonders of the Twentieth Century”, of the orchestra’s third 2016 season. The OFJ´s interpretation of this Russian composer´s work was marked by dramatic effects provided by some of the ensemble´s musicians, notably Venezuelan concertmaster Iván Pérez, who in his movements transmitted the onstage emotion all the way to the seats at the back of the theater.
Before arriving at this point, the evening provided a rich voyage through the gamut of emotion, from joy to melancholy, thanks to the other pieces on the gala program.
The first work on the program was “Pines of Rome”, by Ottorino Respighi. It evoked a pleasant afternoon under the shade of such trees, even reproducing the trilling of the birds in their branches.
Melancholy arrived in the form of the "Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in E Minor", by Sir Edward Elgar, featuring as soloist the Venezuelan cellist William Molina-Cestari. He received a well-deserved ovation after his emotionally-charged performance of this piece.
This program, conducted by Music Director Marco Parisotto, will be repeated on Sunday, October 9th at 12:30 PM in the Teatro Degollado. Tickets are available at the box office and through Ticketmaster, at prices ranging from 110 to 200 pesos.