The orchestra begins its Second Season with two concerts at the Santander Conjunto de Artes Escénicas.
"From the new world" is the title that the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (OFJ) has given to the program with which it opens its Second Season 2023.
Under the direction of its owner, maestro José Luis Castillo, the OFJ once again arrives at the Plácido Hall of the Santander Performing Arts Group -on Thursday, June 1 and Sunday, June 4- with an attractive program made up of works by Silvestre Revueltas, Astor Piazzolla and Antonín Dvorák.
The concert opens with the world premiere of the version by musicologist Roberto Kolb Neuhaus of the symphonic suite “Redes” by Silvestre Revueltas. To continue, Astor Piazzolla's “Estaciones Porteñas” unites baroque Venice with modern life in Buenos Aires and tastes like tango, as well as showing the virtuoso skills of four young OFJ violinists: Paola Valentina Nava Romero (spring), Jorge Daniel Velásquez Hernández (summer), Fabiola Carolina Galvis Escalona (autumn) and Pablo José Stredel Mata (winter). This musical evening closes with Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” by Antonin Dvorák.
In an interview with EL INFORMADOR, Paola Nava states that "in the southern hemisphere, the seasons alternate on the contrary" and her turn will be the last; in addition, they are "porteñas in allusion to who is from Buenos Aires"; For Fabiola Galvis, in the music that she will perform, "Piazzolla's rhythm and harmony come out completely, it has a lot of click after the bridge, something that in all seasons is pleasant to the public, it is easy to digest, happy and clean music, which also it has its melancholy” and, as Pablo Stredel indicated, “each season has its magic and essence”.
program to excite
For Jorge Velásquez, this moment is "historic for us, as an orchestra, since people from the Philharmonic participated and that shows that if you have one of the best groups in Latin America, its members can perfectly play a concert as soloists with tranquility and solvency, international level".
Likewise, the musicians highlight the qualities of the stage, because the Hall is "top" worldwide, with excellent acoustics.
For his part, Galvis shares that they are "excited" by the opportunity, although the program is also accompanied by Dvorák's symphony, "which is known and is representative and imposing, to which is added a Mexican composer, Revueltas, that mixes several things in the program and generates a lot of emotions in the public. Now, obviously, the Teatro Degollado is our home, and its acoustics have covered us for years, but going to another place to play, also in Jalisco, is a privilege”.
Drive, energy and experience
It should be noted that this concert will evoke the spirit of celebration for Jalisco's 200 years as a free and sovereign State, therefore, its program ranges from European tradition to the Mexican heart; Thus, this invitation “has been a very valuable opportunity”, says Nava, “especially for opening the season with the OFJ, especially due to the little time we had to prepare the concert (three weeks); but it is a challenge that we know how to face thanks to the experience and work we have”.
For this reason, Stredel points out that this demonstrates the professional quality of the OFJ which, although considered "young", has an enormous professional level, "and unites the impetus and energy with the experience required to be an orchestra that is a spearhead In the continent".
Finally, the young violinists do not hide their enthusiasm for the next visit they will make to have two performances at the emblematic Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, "where we will play Mahler's ninth, neither more nor less", says Stredel; and it is a space that “we haven't been to play in a long time”, Nava points out, “but the orchestra has always had very good reviews there for its work over the years”.