The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (OFJ) will have a new Principal Conductor, José Luis Castillo, musician and composer, who has dedicated more than 25 years of his career to promoting Mexican talent who, as of today, is the link of collaboration musical with the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL).
Lourdes González explained that after a diagnosis where the artistic, administrative and operational areas were analyzed and rethought, a renovation is taking place that will allow the group to work on the decentralization of its presentations, with formats created for different audiences, with finances and labor relations healthy, collaborations with other states and institutions, in addition to promoting links and teaching with other artistic groups in formation.
“In terms of collaborations, we have formed a close relationship with INBAL, which will allow the Philharmonic to have a presence and be talked about in other spaces and in other states,” said the head of the SC.
Lourdes González welcomed the Mtro. José Luis Castillo, "who has more than 25 years of experience and is currently considered one of the main promoters of contemporary music in Mexico and is a composition professor at INBAL's Superior School of Music, artistic director of the Center for Experimentation and Production of Contemporary Music (Cepromusic) and musical director of his ensemble”.
For her part, Laura Elena Ramírez Rasgado, stated that within the framework of artistic and cultural collaboration between INBAL and the Jalisco Ministry of Culture, today we undertake a collective responsibility to enrich and empower our artistic groups. With this designation, exchange, reflection and reciprocity begin to advance in the itinerary that is forged from our new realities. We will promote the exchange of artistic groups, the mobility of artists and the promotion of the creation and training of young composers.
José Luis Castillo pointed out that assuming the direction of an orchestra such as the Jalisco Philharmonic represents a commitment and a challenge. He also spoke about the OFJ's First Season 2022 that begins on February 17 and will have 8 programs with concerts on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at the Degollado Theater.
The director of the OFJ announced that “we have prepared a program based on the conditions and circumstances that the current health situation forces us to do. It is a proactive, diverse, concise programming, but one that is circumscribed to the reality that we all live. 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 joy of listening, in that sense it is a program whose repertoire will not exceed 55 members on stage, whose duration will not will exceed the hour and we have decided to invite a reduced number of soloists and national directors”.
Finally Rodrigo Ibarra, President of the Board of Trustees of the OFJ, spoke of the commitment to achieve the objectives set by the administration in turn, as well as the linking efforts. “On behalf of the patronage, I endorse my commitment to the Orchestra, we are an organization of approximately 18 businessmen who selflessly give our time for this project, an invaluable heritage of our state, this jewel that is our Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra.”