The Secretary of Culture, Lourdes González, presented the composer and musician José Luis Castillo as the new director of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, in an act held at the Degollado theater.
José Luis Castillo has studied music in Spain, Salzburg and Paris, and has been director of the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, as well as artistic director of the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra.
The fees of the new director of the Philharmonic Orchestra will be 130 thousand pesos per month.
The head of the Jalisco Culture Secretariat pointed out that the national and international experience of José Luis Castillo will help to shape a first-rate proposal that distinguishes the orchestra for its artistic quality, work model, transparency and social bonding.
“Well, as you can see, there are many changes. I am very pleased to be able to understand how an orchestra works, where we want to take it and, of course, the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra should be an example at a national level, not only in artistic terms, but also in its way of operating and managing itself”, he expressed. .
José Luis Castillo stated that assuming the direction of an orchestra such as the Jalisco Philharmonic presents "a commitment and a challenge."
When announcing that the First Season 2022 begins on February 17, he explained that, due to health restrictions, the repertoire of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra will not exceed 55 members on stage.
In addition, the programs will not exceed the actual hour of music and, to prevent viewers from moving, there will be no intermissions.
It was also decided to invite a reduced number of soloists and directors, in all cases, nationals.
“This is why we must be vigilant and have the ability to adapt it in case health conditions change. Even so, we wanted to prepare this season of concerts with a proposal that pays off in the mood, in the joy of music and in the happiness of listening, making music by one of the indisputably best orchestras in the country and in Latin America”, he underlined.
The OFJ program begins from February 14 to 20 at the Degollado theater and concludes with the presentation scheduled for April 4 to 10 at the same venue.